At present, the Maratha community has been given 16 per cent reservations in educational institutes and government jobs.
A large group of students had in July last year protested against the pattern of civil services examination conducted by UPSC.
PM Modi said ‘political intervention is inevitable, otherwise democracy will not work. Political interference destroys.’
The main task of the next cabinet secretary must be civil service reform.
Lateral entry into government is needed to cope with new challenges. It must be made less ad hoc.
According to protesters, the government’s decision on English section in Paper II in Civil Services exam has served no purpose.
UPSC: The first paper began at 9:30 AM and there was no report of any protest outside any examination centre.
CSAT questions address students from urban and privileged backgrounds.
Govt clarifies that even if a candidate attempts the questions they will not count towards gradation.
“We are not satisfied with Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh’s speech in Lok Sabha regarding CSAT,” a UPSC aspirant said.
Marks scored in the “English language comprehension skills” section should not be considered for gradation or merit.
The protesters claimed that the current format discriminates against those who are not proficient in English.
The panel has also sought views on the payment of bonus, which is one of its terms of reference.
Concerns over age limits and number of chances for civil services are overblown.
The rule will be applied to the promotion of officers who were recruited through the disabled quota.