Centre to civil service aspirants: Do not have to answer questions on English Language Comprehension Skills

Govt clarifies that even if a candidate attempts the questions they will not count towards gradation.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: August 16, 2014 10:09 pm
UPSC is also understood to have stressed the huge logistical exercise involved in conducting the exam in over 2,000 centres across India. UPSC is also understood to have stressed the huge logistical exercise involved in conducting the exam in over 2,000 centres across India.

With just a week to go for the August 24 Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination, the government on Saturday made it clear that candidates appearing for the exam “do not have to answer the questions” relating to the contentious English Language Comprehension Skills in Paper II of the exam and that “these questions will not be evaluated”.

The government clarified that even if the candidates attempt the questions in the section on English Language Comprehension Skills, it would not count towards gradation or merit. This follows the NDA government’s “opinion” expressed in Parliament recently that marks for the English Language Comprehension Skills should “not be included for gradation or merit” in the Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT).

A series of recent protests had alleged that this particular section of the exam was loaded against aspirants from a Hindi-background forcing the government to intervene.

“The Union Government has decided that for the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination, 2014 to be held on 24th August, this section on English Language Comprehension Skills (Class X Level) will not count for gradation or merit,” the Department of Personnel & Training said.

The DoPT further said that Paper-II would contain a section on English Language Comprehension Skills (Class X Level) and “candidates must therefore note that they do not have to answer the questions on this English Language Comprehension Skills (Class X Level) section” since “these questions will not be evaluated”.

The government also clarified that the duration of the Paper II would remain two hours and candidates can utilize the entire time in answering all questions except those in the Section containing English Language Comprehension Skills.

Paper II of the CSE (Preliminary) is of 200 marks and 2 hours duration. It contains a section on English Language Comprehension Skills (Class X Level). It contains some questions based on a few paragraphs in English.

The DoPT further stated that the maximum marks for Paper II would be “200 minus the marks earmarked for the English Language Comprehension Skills (Class X Level)”.

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    Prashant Ramaniya
    Aug 16, 2014 at 7:03 pm
    A retrogade step- In this age of Globalisation, we can't expect our Officers to be lacking in English Language. Problem doesn't lie in CSAT format but in our education system especially in Govt Schools where in name of English Subject Students are at most required to learn basic translations even in X standard. Also, It is expected that best suited Candidates represent our Country having best of the best apude and mental calibre to learn new things and handle various ignments- If the Aspirants can't brush up even basic English Skills in all years of preparation, better leave this UPSC dream and let others better suited persons take it .
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      CS
      Aug 16, 2014 at 11:25 pm
      This is a brilliant solution that defies all logic! Only a fool would now even attempt the English questions when they count for nothing!It reminds me of an incident many years ago, concerning a relative who was totally flummoxed during the pre-university Hindi question paper. Unable to even attempt an answer, he dutifully copied all the questions and handed it in. The results were predictable, but he still managed to get an astounding 5 marks earmarked for "neatness!"Our rabble rousing future IAS aspirants can at least demonstrate they know the English alphabet by neatly copying all the questions!!
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