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UPSC row: Issue to be resolved within a week, says Rajnath as aspirants protest

Students protest against introduction of CSAT in Civil Services Exams outside the UPSC in New Delhi on Monday. (Source: PTI) Students protest against introduction of CSAT in Civil Services Exams outside the UPSC in New Delhi on Monday. (Source: PTI)
Express News Service | Posted: July 28, 2014 2:05 pm | Updated: July 28, 2014 4:02 pm

As the impasse over the new exam pattern in the civil service examination continues, Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday said that the UPSC issue will be resolved within a week and grievances of the students will be addressed.

Rajnath’s statement comes as scores of the civil service aspirants staged protest outside the UPSC office in the capital. According to the reports, the protesting aspirants burnt their admit cards and demanded cancellation of the CSAT exam. Many of them were later detained.

Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Government also wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi requesting him to reconsider CSAT for UPSC.

Earlier in the day, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi assured a delegation of civil services aspirants that no injustice will be done to them and he will raise their concerns at all appropriate fora.

The 21-member delegation of aspirants led by NSUI National President Rohit Sharma and General Secretary Mohit Sharma and Delhi State President of NSUI Vikas Chhikara met Rahul at his residence here, said the National Spokesperson of the Congress Youth wing Amrish Ranjan Pandey.

In the hour-long meeting with the Congress Vice President, the aspirants talked about the problems they are facing due to the new exam pattern and the CSAT.

“Congress is always with the students. No injustice will be allowed to be done to students coming from poor background,” Rahul is learnt to have told the aspirants.

Civil Services aspirants have been protesting in the national capital and demanding change in the pattern of preliminary examination. The issue has been raised in Parliament too.

The government has urged them to call off their protest which intensified from Thursday after the UPSC, which conducts the examination, started issuing admit cards to the aspirants for the preliminary exam scheduled to be held next month.

Amid protests against the new exam pattern, the government had on Sunday convened a high-level meeting to resolve the issue.

A decision on whether or not to change the syllabus of Civil Services examination and postpone the preliminary test, slated to be held on August 24, is likely to be taken soon.

A three-member government appointed committee is looking into the demands of Civil Services aspirants to change the pattern of the Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT) to give level-playing field to those coming from rural areas.

(With PTI inputs)

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