UPSC protest: Students block railway tracks in Bihar

Patna, Aug 2: Students led by All India Students’ Association (AISA) on Saturday blocked railway tracks in Bihar‘s Bhojpur and Darbhanga districts demanding scrapping of the Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT) from the UPSC entrance examination, police said. ”Students protesting against the CSAT format, stopped long route trains and sat on tracks at Ara railway station in Bhojpur and Darbhanga railway station,” a police officer said.

The CSAT is a conspiracy to sideline the Hindi-speaking students of north Indian states from the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) examination, the students said. They also shouted slogans against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his NDA government and threatened to intensify the protests across the country.

“The AISA would launch protests across the country if NDA government failed to scrap the CSAT format soon,” said AISA activist Murtunjay Kumar. AISA is a student body of the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) CPI(ML). Earlier this week, Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) activists staged protests and blocked railway tracks in Patna and demanded scrapping of the CSAT.

The CSAT-II paper carries questions on interpersonal skills, including communication skills, logical reasoning and analytical ability, decision-making and problem-solving, general mental ability, basic numeracy, and English language comprehension skills (of Class 10 level). The aspirants have been objecting against the aptitude test and English language questions asked in the CSAT-II paper, claiming those were much above the standard prescribed for the examination.

  • Rahul

    Really I swear I regret for voting BJP, I was hardcore BJP man.
    I swear if govt will not cancel the CSAT then in my life time I will never ever
    vote for BJP as well to Congress who brought this CSAT. CSAT is very unjustfull
    for vernacular language students. Been vernacular language student I am not at all afraid of English Language but we want level
    playing game and not kind of Match fixing (In my personal opinion CSAT format
    is match fixing game for Engineering, MBA and English medium students).

    I at my individual level totally discard the slogan ‘Sabka
    sath sabka vikas’ and interpret it as ‘sabka vote lekin sirf elite ka hi vikas’. May be in some peoples point of view I am making
    judgmental opinion so early but this is
    my agony, for me CSAT is government’s litmus test.
    I, myself is marathi medium student