Government expected to overthrow English Aptitude Test from UPSC, experts against the decision

The ongoing UPSC row further intensified on Tuesday with the Parliament sessions getting disrupted by the opposition parties demanding a statement from the Prime Minister Narendra Modi as UPSC aspirants continued their protests on scrapping the CSAT. The Opposition also pressed the issue hard and implied strongly on setting up of a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) as it involved the careers of lakhs of students. Following that, the government has now called  an all-party meet on the UPSC CSAT’s decision making. Sources say that mostly the final decision will take out the marks of the English Aptitude Test from the gradation of UPSC.

BJP leader, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi strongly opposing the changes made to the CSAT exams said, “The changes that have taken place in the UPSC examinations should not have happened. The government has given its statement in Parliament.” Experts and top bureaucrats shared similar viewpoints that of  Naqvi’s. According to a Times of Indian report, bureaucrats said that both aptitude tests and functional proficient in English, part of Civil Service Aptitude Tests (CSAT) Paper II are essential to churn our a competent civil servant.

Former Cabinet secretary, Naresh Chandra said that a CLASS I officer said that a civil servant is expected to know the English language and that anyone who had passed 10th grade with at least a second class can easily answer the questions. Chandra who also India’s ambassador to USA  said that the English comprehension contributes in getting a effective public servant, he said, “Instead of diluting the proficiency levels for English, the government could have come up with the idea of providing free English coaching to civil services applicants to help raise their comprehension skills.”

Meanwhile, a regular blame game was launched by the Congress and BJP leaders over the issue. Naqvi told reporters that the issue of the CSAT is neither the contribution of BJP government nor Narendra Modi, but that of the previous government led by Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi. He said, “ But Modi government is sensitive and honest. That is why, whatever the problems and challenges were there…to bring about a solution, he (Modi) has started working towards it. In the present circumstances, the best possible way that was possible has been taken.”