UPSC have decided to withdraw all controversial language
changes to the Civil Services Examination
The government and UPSC have decided to withdraw all controversial language
changes to the civil services examination but will go ahead with other reforms
to have four general studies papers instead of two.
Government sources said the decision was taken at the meeting of the Union
Public Service Commission representatives with minister of state for personnel,
V Narayanasamy on Wednesday.
The restrictions on writing the examination in a regional
language are being withdrawn under this formula. Besides, a 100 mark English
paper – whose marks were to be counted to draw up the merit list – is also being
Narayanasamy last week told angry Lok Sabha MPs that the government would
keep the notification in abeyance and maintain status quo ante, a Latin phrase
for the way things were before.
But the UPSC – that had been furiously pushing the changes despite
reservations on the timing of the changes just ahead of the examination – was
able to persuade the department not to scrap the reforms lock, stock and barrel.
“It has been decided to make changes on the contentious
language issue to the satisfaction of the MPs. All their concerns have been
addressed,” a government official told HT, pointing that a strong view had
emerged during discussions over the last few days not to withdraw all changes.
The English essay paper of 100 marks in the 2013 Civil
Services Main Examination, which raised a nation-wide controversy, has been
dropped and the earlier practice of two qualifying papers in any Indian language
and English restored, government said on Thursday.
“The English component (of 100 marks) from the Essay Paper
will be dropped and the status quo ante of two qualifying papers of 300 marks
each in any modern Indian language and in English -- shall be restored,”
Minister of State for Personnel V Narayanasamy said in the Lok Sabha.
In a statement on the issue, he said the essay paper would now be of 250
marks to be written in the medium or language of the candidate’s choice.
Bowing to all-round pressure in Parliament, government on March 15 had kept
in abeyance the recent controversial notification of the UPSC, giving more
weightage to English in these exams.
As before, the candidates would be allowed to use any one language from the
Eighth Schedule of the Constitution or English as the medium of writing the
examination, he said.
The controversial conditionality imposed by the Union Public
Service Commission that language would be allowed as the medium of examination
only if a minimum of 25 candidates wanted it has been dropped, Mr Narayanasamy
Courtesy: Hindustan Times, The Hindu