The Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the members of National Students Union of India (NSUI) have also joined the nation-wide protest demanding the scrapping of the C-SAT examination for admission to the Indian Administrative Services (IAS).
Members of the NSUI led a protest outside the Gandhi Bhawan, Panjab University (PU) on Monday, and demanded that the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) should scrap the C-SAT exam at the earliest.
The UPSC had introduced the Civil Services Aptitude Test (C-SAT) in preliminary civil services examination in 2011, which contained questions on Analytical Reasoning, Maths and English comprehension.
However, the move has not gone down well with students who who have attained their education in Hindi medium, and those from Humanities, who alleged that they were being discriminated against.
“This paper on Aptitude, favors the students from Science background, over those from the Humanities as the questions are related to Science. “This is unjust, and we demand that it should be scrapped to give equal opportunity to all,” said Chandan Rana, former President, PU Student Council (PUCSC), and member of NSUI.
ABVP unit of university had also voiced their angst against the C-SAT exam in campus last week, highlighting the injustice meted out to Hindi medium students. According to the members, the translation of the English comprehension in the Aptitude test, was ‘inappropriate’ and lead to confusion among candidates, who gave the exam in Hindi, giving an edge to English medium student.
The paper also has few questions, which need to be answered in English. With large-scale protests going on in Delhi, with Civil Services aspirants burning their admit cards, and uproar in Parliament over the issue, it remains to be seen, whether the UPSC will continue with the existing pattern, or bring about a change. The exam is otherwise scheduled to be held on August 24.