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UPSC exam format protest delays trains

Members of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) staged a demonstration on Monday at Rajendra Nagar Terminal to protest against the Union Public Service Commission-Civil Service Aptitude Test (CSAT), disrupting train movement.

The aspirants demanded scrapping of the UPSC-CSAT. They argued that candidates having Hindi medium and non-mathematics background would be at disadvantage with the introduction of CSAT-II format.

The CSAT-II paper carries questions on comprehension, interpersonal skills, logical reasoning and analytical ability, decision-making and problem-solving, general mental ability and English language comprehension skills.

The Rajgir-New Delhi Shramjeevi Express was delayed by over 40 minutes. Passenger trains to Fatuha, Bakhtiyarpur and Patna City were delayed by more than an hour.

Sudama Prasad, a Patna City trader, said: “I took a train from Patna Junction at 10.45am and it reached Rajendra Nagar at 11am. But the train remained stranded there for more than 45 minutes because of the blockade.”

The aspirants have been objecting to the level of aptitude and English language questions in the CSAT-II paper. They have been claiming that they are above the standard prescribed for the examination.

Sujit Pandey, an ABVP activist and a Patna University student, said: “It has become difficult for candidates from Hindi medium to crack the civil service examination with the introduction of CSAT-II format in the preliminary examination.”

Echoing similar view, another aspirant Pappu Verma said: “Till 2005-10, a large number of students from the Hindi medium background used to clear the civil services examination. But now, the number has declined significantly.”

In 2013, out of 1,122 students clearing the civil services examination, only 26 students were from Hindi medium background, Verma added.

Another aspirant, Himanshu Yadav, said: “The CSAT has been designed on the lines of the Common Admission Test exam for MBA programmes, which has more focus on English and aptitude test.”

He added that the question papers are set in English and are translated into Hindi using Google translator. This is creating problems as the translation is not accurate aspirants can’t interpret it correctly.


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