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UPSC notice to skip English

Ranchi, Aug. 22: Aspirants of UPSC preliminary examination on Sunday (August 24) have been asked not to attempt questions on English language comprehension skills in paper-II test booklets to which corresponding Hindi translation aren’t given.

UPSC faxed a message to this effect today to South Chotanagpur commissioner K.K. Khandelwal in the wake of the Centre’s decision to scrap English comprehension marks while preparing the merit list for civil service exam.

In effect, the notification means that a candidate can skip English comprehension questions as all others — including logical reasoning, general mental ability, maths and so on — are written in both English and Hindi.

Khandelwal has been asked to deliver this message to all venue supervisors who will inform all the 20,000 Jharkhand candidates answering the national-level test, called prelims, at 39 centres across Ranchi.

The UPSC, which faxed the notice in both English and Hindi, asked Khandelwal to ensure they were prominently displayed at the entrance of the venue and each exam hall.

Display apart, the UPSC also directed the commissioner to ensure the notice was “read loudly verbatim” but “without any interpretation whatsoever” in both English and Hindi at each exam hall across all venues before the start of paper-II at 2.30pm.

The UPSC also directed the commissioner to arrange reports from supervisors certifying these instructions were complied with.

At a news meet at his Kutchery office, Khandelwal read out the UPSC notice.

“The question on English language comprehension skills of Class X level contained in each set of test booklets of paper II are not to be attempted as these questions shall not be evaluated for gradation or merit. The candidates are therefore, advised not to attempt questions on English language comprehension skills for which Hindi translation has not been given in the respective test booklets of paper-II,” he read.

Last year, 12,000 aspirants from Jharkhand took the exam at 22 capital centres. “This time, there’s a big jump with 20,000 candidates and 39 centres,” Khandelwal said, adding that frisking would be very strict this time.