Changes made in UPSC exam 2014
In an effort to resolve the UPSC exam row, the Narendra Modi government announced in Parliament Monday that "English marks in CSAT-II will not be included for gradation or merit, and 2011 candidates may get a second chance to appear for the test next year".
This, however, came under attack from the Opposition, which alleged the BJP was trying to give preference to Hindi-speaking states at the cost of non-Hindi speaking ones.
The agitating civil service aspirants were also dissatisfied, and scores of them vowed to carry on their fight for "complete scrapping" of CSAT, and decided to shift their agitation to Jantar Mantar.
The civil services preliminary exam will now be held as scheduled on August 24, with the changes announced by the government in Parliament, including non-inclusion of English marks in gradation of candidates.
Some agitating students had wanted the prelims put off.
Clarifying the government's stand, minister of state for personnel Jitendra Singh told both Houses: "Government is of the opinion that in the Civil Services Preliminary Examination, Paper-II, the marks of the section on 'English Language comprehension skills' should not be included for gradation or merit.
Candidates who appeared in the Civil Services Examination 2011 may be given one more attempt in 2015."
This, however, did not satisfy the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, which immediately attacked the government, forcing repeated adjournments of the House.
Dr V. Maitreyan (AIADMK) alleged it was an attempt by the NDA government to impose Hindi on the South. He also asked if civil service aspirants would be able to write the exam in their native languages.
Mr Maitreyan was joined by NCP, TMC, Congress, CPI, CPI-M, DMK and TRS MPs, who demanded that the government agree to a detailed discussion.