There is uncertainty about UPSC IAS Civil Services Prelims exam 2014 which is scheduled on 24 August 2014. Here are the latest news related to this:
Statement of Dr. Jitendra Singh in the Lok Sabha
Following is the text of the statement of Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Dr. Jitendra Singh on Civil Services Examination in the Lok Sabha today:-
“The Government wishes to convey to the Hon’ble Members of the House as well as the agitating student aspirants of Civil Services Exam that the Government is fully aware of the issue and is taking a sympathetic view of the same. We appeal to the students not to cause unnecessary physical and mental agony to themselves, as the Government is already pursuing their cause in right earnest.
The Government has constituted a three Member Committee to look into their grievances and put forward its suggestions. We are writing to the Committee to expedite the process and furnish its report at the earliest, considering the urgency of the matter.
We wish to convey to the Hon’ble Members as well as the students that there will be no bias allowed on the basis of language.
We urge upon these youngsters to end their protest and resume their normal routine.” (PIB)
Protest by students:
|(Photo by The Hindu Newspaper)|
A large group of civil services aspirants on Friday staged a protest near the Prime Minister’s official residence on Race Course Road alleging that there was “discrimination against UPSC aspirants from Hindi medium”.
The protesters had camped outside the Tughlaq Road police station till late evening, while smaller groups held similar demonstrations in other parts of the city earlier in the day. Their key demands included meeting the Prime Minister. Several metro stations were also closed down as a safety measure.
This latest round of protests comes a week after a similar protest was held outside Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s residence demanding a four year age relaxation for the UPSC entrance examination, removal of Civil Service Aptitude Tests (CSATs), simplification of the qualifying paper for English, and non-compulsion to speak in English during interview.
“The UPSC introduced CSAT in 2011. The final results of UPSC examination have demonstrated a trend of negative discrimination against UPSC aspirants from Hindi medium,” said Pawan, one of the protesters at Race Course Road.
“Between 2005 and 2010, the final results had a representation of 10 per cent-15 per cent students from non-English medium. In 2013, this percentage dwindled to almost 2.3 per cent. This year, amidst the successful number of 1,122 candidates, only 26 are from Hindi medium,” he added.
The students gathered themselves at Race Course Road after peacefully marching from Mukherjee Nagar and adjoining areas, famous for preparation of Civil Services Examinations, arguably the most gruelling examination in the country.
“The trend set by this government in actualising the usage of Hindi for official purposes has been a huge boost for us. Therefore, we hope that the PMO will listen to us,” said Sachin, another protester. (The Hindu newspaper NEW DELHI, June 28, 2014)
What UPSC says:
There is official statement from UPSC till 16 July 2pm. So at present one can not predict what will happen about prelims 2014.
What aspirants should do?
Intensive preparation for the exam is required. So keep yourself involved in reading, question solving and revision. Do not wait for upsc verdict.