Civil services aspirants meet Rajnath, seek abolition of C-SAT, age relaxation

Union home minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday met a four-member delegation of civil services aspirants who are demanding an age relaxation for 2011 candidates and to abolish C-SAT (Aptitude Test).

On Saturday morning, hundreds of civil services aspirant gathered in front of Singh’s residence and started raising slogans against the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) for ‘degrading’ the value of Hindi medium students and aspirants with the introduction of C-SAT.

In June, UPSC has granted two extra attempts for the candidates appearing for the civil services examination and also relaxed the consequential age from 2014 onwards. A candidate between the age group of 21-32 years August 1, 2014 can take the exam.

They have also issued a notification, which reads, ‘Every candidate appearing for the examination, which is otherwise eligible, shall be permitted six attempts (two more than earlier four).’ This civil services examination is scheduled to be held on 24 August and the examination will be conducted in three stages including preliminary, main and interview.

The protesters claimed that as per UPSC’s rules, whenever the syllabus of the examination is changed, then appropriate age relaxation and attempts are provided. But the pattern which was changed in 2011, the candidates were not given any relaxation or attempts.
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