CSAT marks no longer be included in UP PCS Combined State
Upper Subordinate Services (Prelim) Exam
The marks obtained in the civil services aptitude test (CSAT)
will no longer be included in deciding the merit of candidates clearing the
Combined State Upper Subordinate Services (Preliminary) Examination — or PCS
(Pre) as it is commonly known — besides the lower subordinate (preliminary)
exams. The merit list is made to determine which of the candidates can go on to
take the main exams.
In other words, the CSAT will now be just ‘qualifying’ in
nature for the forthcoming preliminary recruitment examination of these two
exams of the UPPSC.
Accepting the students’ demand, the state government has
issued the requisite directives to the UPPSC for making the CSAT a mere
qualifying paper. A fax in this regard was received at the commission on Monday.
Commission secretary Suresh Kumar Singh confirmed the state government’s
decision and said that a communiqué had been received by the commission from the
state capital in this regard.
The move fulfils the long-pending demand of the aspirants of
these competitive recruitment exams who have launched various movements to
convince the government to make CSAT just ‘qualifying’ in nature for the
candidates. Their other demand that the candidates affected by CSAT in the past
four years be granted two additional chances to clear the exam has not been
The UPPSC had introduced the CSAT in the PCS (Pre) and lower
subordinate recruitment exams in 2012 in line with the move by the Union Public
service Commission (UPSC).
The introduction of CSAT resulted in a sharp drop in
selection of Hindi medium students and allegations of it being tilted in favour
English medium students.
After many agitations, the UPSC withdrew its decision and
made CSAT a mere ‘qualifying’ paper in 2014 in which a candidate was required to
score just 33% marks to become eligible for the next round but the marks were
not added in deciding the merit of final selections.
Courtesy: Hindustan Times