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JPSC aspirants to gherao CM house

Ranchi, July 27: Civil services aspirants have hit the protest path against Jharkhand Public Service Commission (JPSC) following students’ stir in Delhi against changes in the UPSC exams.

Jharkhand’s two students’ organisations — Adivasi Chhatra Sangh and Jharkhand Chhatra Sangh — today criticised JPSC’s move to introduce Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT) and announced to gherao chief minister Hemant Soren’s residence near Suchana Bhavan tomorrow.

They threatened to lay siege to the Assembly on August 1 if the chief minister did not hear them out.

Around a dozen civil services aspirants met state HRD minister Geetashree Oraon at her residence today and sought her intervention.

Till 2010, the UPSC preliminary test comprised a general studies paper and an optional paper. But the pattern was changed in 2011 and CSAT was introduced which included two compulsory papers: CSAT-I and CSAT-II. Following the UPSC pattern, JPSC introduced CSAT last year.

According to protesting aspirants, CSAT-II has questions on comprehension, logical reasoning, interpersonal skills, quantitative ability, data interpretation and English language comprehension skills.

They claim that these sections had been added to keep out students from Hindi and humanities backgrounds.