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UPSC’s Changed Exam Structure Led to Downfall of Non-English Candidates

Dec 18, 2013 18:41 IST

    The modifications made by the UPSC in the basic structure of its syllabus for civil services examinations in year 2011 and 2013 has affected adversely the numbers of non-English test-takers.

    As per the data, the number of non-English medium candidates giving civil services exam was 5,082 in the year 2008, 4,839 in 2009, 4,156 in 2010 and 1,682 in 2011.

    In contrast, the number of candidates attempting exam in English-medium rose sharply with data revealing 50.57% in 2008, 54.50% in 2009, 62.23% in 2010 and 82.93% in 2011.

    Likewise, the test-takers choosing to write paper in Hindi were 5,082 in 2008, while the huge downfall of the same was seen with only 1,682 test-takers writing in Hindi in 2011.

    In the year 2008, 14 candidates chose to write in Kannada, 98 in Tamil and 117 in Telgu. Their number also sharply fell to 5, 14 and 29 respectively in year 2011.

    Madhepura MP and JD(U) national president Sharad Yadav has appealed the national Prime Minister to take certain steps and create provision of more attempts in the civil service examinations, while also asking to consider even granting relaxation in age-limit eligibility.

    He stressed on the fact that besides the number of non-english medium candidates falling sharply, the other test-takers in regional languages also seemed to have fallen.

    Yadav told his intentions of bringing an adjournment motion in the Lok Sabha, but failed due to the regular disturbance of the house proceedings in the ongoing session.

    The Yadav challenged the declaration of UPSC that states to have made only minor changes in the curriculum, by claiming that so far 67% changes have come into effect as compared to 2010 curriculum, and this led to decline of the candidates writing exam in other than English language.

    Yadav also met Manmohan Singh to initiate apt changes in the UPSC examination structure, in the interest of test-takers belonging to Hindi speaking regions as well as other regions.

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