Protests by UPSC aspirants continued in the capital on Tuesday, a day after the government announced that English marks in the Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT) will not be included for gradation or merit in the civil services examination.
While earlier protests had taken place at Mukherjee Nagar in North Delhi, on Tuesday scores of aspirants held demonstrations at Jantar Mantar and outside BJP Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s residence.
The protests at Jantar Mantar saw senior AAP leader Yogendra Yadav extending support to their demands. Later, the AAP issued a statement asking the BJP government to postpone the examination. Demanding that the Central government announce some emergency measures in the present situation, the AAP said, “The Central government must ask the Union Public Service Commission to postpone the
Civil Services preliminary examination scheduled to begin from August 24 by at least a fortnight… Next, the UPSC be told to make a public declaration that CSAT will be treated as merely a qualifying exam and its marks will not be added in the final merit for those who attain the minimum qualifying marks.”
Previously, the Congress had also extended its support to the UPSC aspirants. Delhi Congress chief Arvinder Singh Lovely had said, “The BJP has shown it’s true colour. Now that it is in power, all its promises of “acche din” have been forgotten. Whether it is the common man on the street or students, everyone is feeling the pinch.”
Meanwhile, aspirants maintained that their protests will continue unless the government scraps CSAT or makes it optional. “None of our demands have been met by the government. The problem lies in the Hindi translation of the English comprehension questions and the undue weightage given to a person’s command over English. This issue has not been addressed at all,” Rahul, a protester, said.
The UPSC preliminary exams are scheduled on August 24. The changes that have recently been announced by the Centre include non-inclusion of English marks in gradation of candidates. Moreover, an extra attempt will be given to students who appeared for the exam since 2011, the year CSAT was introduced.