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December 06, 2017

UPSC applicants seeks extra attempt: SC


Several UPSC candidates collaboratively moved the Supreme Court of India asking for an extra attempt, alleging that they have failed to clear the exam due to the introduction of Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT) in 2011.

According to the petitioners, CSAT was ‘discriminatory against candidates belonging to the Hindi and other regional language medium’.

The petitioners asked the court to provide directions to the government to allow them an extra attempt and other similarly eligible candidates for UPSC examinations who lost their attempts in the year 2012, 2013 and 2014, due to CSAT system, which was declared a qualifying paper only in 2015.

The petition said, “An aspirant gets only 6 attempts to clear the coveted Civil Services examinations and many among the Petitioners have lost four precious attempts due to mandatory and discriminatory CSAT examinations. Clearing Civil Services examinations is not only a dream job, but it provides the aspirant to serve the nation, which is the aim and ambition of every citizen. The dream seen by the aspirants are shared by their family members and friends and the loss of four precious attempts shatters the dream of all those who dreamt that they or their children will clear the UPSC examinations.”

During the hearing, the court was informed that till 2010, the preliminary exam used to have two papers, general studies and an optional subject where aspirants could choose any one of 23 listed subjects.

Referring to the MPs signing the petition for providing fresh attempts to all civil service aspirants from 2011-15, the petition argued that an extra attempt was provided only to the candidates who appeared in the examination in 2011, and not to those who took the exam in 2012, 2013 and 2014 and the same was therefore, a discriminatory move.

“The candidates who all their life owing to their geographical or financial constraints could not study in English medium schools or opted for humanities cannot be expected to master English language or science in span of one year,” the petition added.

Submitting that CSAT was more beneficial to the urban background English-speaking science or management students, the petition said that the aspirants belonging to rural background and regional language medium were treated unfairly and therefore the demand for an extra attempt should have been accepted by the Government as well as Union Public Service Commission.

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