New Delhi : The wrangle over the UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) examination for the civil services created much ruckus in the Rajya Sabha on Friday, with no solution in sight as yet to the perceived grievance of those coming from the Hindi stream.
The immediate provocation for the ruckus was the Arvind Verma committee report, which has recommended that no change should be made in the Civil Service Aptitude Test as it is a scientifically formed exam.
The structure of the exam was changed in 2011 and since then the aspirants from Humanities and Hindi belt are protesting against it. The change has adversely affected the aspirants from the Humanities stream and the Hindi belt and their numbers have dwindled drastically.
The Verma panel recommendations are not binding on the Central government and the UPSC, which is an autonomous body. Yet any decision by the government will have political ramifications. So despite the uproar in the Upper House, the BJP Government refused to set a time-line for resolving the issue.
According to sources, the committee has recommended that the quality of English to Hindi translations in the CSAT paper should be improved. There are 20 marks for English comprehension, which is of class 10th level and civil servants are expected to have that level of proficiency, the committee has pointed out. This recommendation, if accepted, will be yet another setback for those who see a bias in the CSAT paper against rural, Hindi and regional language background students