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Govt urges UPSC to postpone Civil Services prelims exam

New Delhi, July 15 (PTI): The government on Tuesday urged the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) to postpone the preliminary exam scheduled next month till there is clarity on the syllabus and exam pattern.

“We are also urging upon the UPSC and the committee that was constituted to look into the matter that not only the report be constituted at the earliest,... they should also consider postponing the date of the preliminary examination,” Union Minister Jitendra Singh told reporters outside Parliament.

The prelims entrance exam is set for August 24.

On Monday, activists of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party’s students wing, the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, had protested outside the UPSC office demanding scrapping of the Civil Services Aptitude Tests (CSAT), saying such a pattern was putting Hindi language aspirants at a disadvantage.

Singh, who is also Minister of State for Department of Personnel & Training and Prime Minister's Office, said, ”Till the report about the final conclusions in the matter is out, these young guys and girls would not be able to make out the kind of preparation they have to do for the exam.

“Therefore, till there is a clarity over the syllabus and exam pattern they should be given sufficient time. It is quite legitimate on their part that we are suggesting to concerned authorities to consider postponement of the preliminary examination of IAS (UPSC) exams,” he said.

A group of students also met Singh over the issue on Tuesday.

The Minister said senior officials would meet the protesting students and urge them to end their hunger strike.

“We were all deeply concerned when we found our students were resorting to hunger strike. We have succeeded in convincing them. They should not resort to such extreme measures,” he said.

“We would write to the UPSC and the committee that has been constituted to submit this report to expedite the process, address their concerns judiciously and sympathetically and not let them go with a feeling that they have been wronged on account of any bias towards any language. ...There should be no injustice regarding the language and government does not support this,” Singh said.

RJD and Congress members had raised the issue during the Zero Hour in the Lok Sabha. Speaker Sumitra Mahajan rejected the notice for adjournment motion on the issue by RJD members Rajesh Ranjan alias Pappu Yadav.