705 IAS Aspirants Failed in Mains Compulsory Papers
The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) disqualified 705
civil service aspirants in the Civil Services (Mains) Examination for flunking
the class X-level language papers in 2011. Over 11,200 candidates had taken the
test the same year. Half of the 705 candidates failed the English paper while
another 272 failed in the Hindi paper.
In 2010 too, 1264 of the 11,865 candidates (10.6%) who
appeared in the exam had failed the language papers. The commission requires
aspirants - who clear the first preliminary exam - to appear in two qualifying
papers to test their language skills at the CS (Mains) exam: English and a
These marks aren't counted for ranking successful candidates.
But aspirants who fail the language test are never told how they performed in
the 7 other papers: essay, 'general studies' and optional subjects. Only
candidates from six northeastern states are exempted from the regional language