UPSC Aspirants from Hindi belt demand 3 more attempts
than 200 civil service aspirants staged a protest outside Department of
Personnel & Training (DoPT) Minister Jitendra Singh’s residence demanding three
additional attempts on a temporary basis.
“These attempts are being demanded in lieu of the Civil
Services Aptitude Test (CSAT) paper, which was introduced in 2011 and has been
discriminatory against students coming from rural and regional language
background. Aspirants raised slogans against Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)
and appealed for justice from the DoPT minister and the Prime Minister. They
were later detained and taken to Parliament Street police station,” said Aunrag
Nigam, convener of UPSC Aspirants Forum.
The aspirants added that after CSAT began, there was a sharp
and continuous decline in students coming from rural India and regional
languages. “Students coming from Hindi belt clearing the preliminary stage
declined from 35 percent to a 12 percent within two years. The government’s own
data and Nigvekar Committee report backs these statistics,” they said.
After massive student protests in 2014, CSAT was made a
qualifying paper, but students allege that this is incomplete justice. Many
student representatives have been meeting government officials for the last six
months regarding this issue, but they accused the government of apathy and using
Courtesy: The Hindu