UPSC unlikely to cancel CSAT Test, Verma Panel views awaited
Even as the government awaits the Arvind Verma panel's views
on the syllabus/pattern of the civil services examination, senior officials see
little scope for a recommendation favouring scrapping of the contentious Civil
Services Aptitude Test-II or a postponement of the August 24 preliminary
examination. Government sources conceded that a more likely option to resolve
the CSAT tangle is to reduce the weightage of questions relating to English
comprehension in General Studies Paper II, which carries 200 marks in all.
As per the existing prelims exam pattern, there are usually 8 questions on
English comprehension among the total 80 questions asked in General Studies
"Given that the central grievance of the aspirants relates to
these 8 questions, for which no Hindi/regional language translation is given,
the panel may look at the possibility of bringing down their number to, say, 5.
This would take care of the alleged disadvantage that students opting for Hindi
claim vis-a-vis counterparts taking the exam in English, while also allowing
them to make good scores in questions relating to other fields like
comprehension, interpersonal skills, logical reasoning and analytical ability,
basic numeracy, decision-making and problem solving and general mental ability.
The latter carry a translation into Hindi/regional language," a source said.
Courtesy: Times of India