[RTI] No Changes in Age-Attempt-Structure of Civil Service Exam, Both UPSC & Personnel Ministry confirm they’ve ignored protests by aspirants outside parliament in Dec 2013Devendra Vishwakarma
UPDATE: 10 Feb 2014: Central Government approved TWO Extra attempts. Click me for more
Old information below:
- Personnel Ministry on Anti-UPSC protests
- Government did receive petitions
- Minister’s reply in Rajya Sabha= We’ll change nothing
- No new Committee about this
- UPSC on Parliament protests for age-attempt relaxation
- UPSC has not responded to these groups
- UPSC has formed no Committee to look in their demands
- UPSC is involved in court cases about this matter
- Nigvekar confidentiality continues
- 63rd Annual report
- 1979: UPSC changed the exam system and senior players were additional relaxation in age/attempts.
- 2011: UPSC introduced aptitude (+English comprehension) paper in Preliminary exam. Leading to new controversies about Engineer vs Non-Engineer, Urban vs Rural, english vs. Non-english medium.
- 2013: UPSC changed Mains exam. Four instead of Two papers on general studies, removed certain optional subjects such as Pali literature.
- March 2013: UPSC took back some of the some radical reforms about literature, answer-medium etc. after uproar in parliament.
- 9th December 2013: Group of UPSC aspirants protested outside Parliament during winter session. Overall, They demanded:
- Give additional relaxation in age/attempt to senior players.
- Reduce the weightage given to Aptitude/English in Preliminary (CSAT) exam.
- Restore Arabic, Persian, Spanish, German literature etc. optional subjects in the mains examination.
- 16 December 2013: I filed RTI to both UPSC and Personnel ministry to see if they took cognizance of this matter and what are they planning to do about it?
- 20 January 2014: received replies from both.
Replies are given below, so you know what the most likely outcome of this protest/campaign/demands, and make your preparation /career decision accordingly. (Purpose of this article is not to sprinkle salt on any senior player’s wounds.)
Personnel Ministry on Anti-UPSC protests
Government did receive petitions
Q. Has Government of India/Personnel Ministry/any departments thereunder, received official petition from any such group(s) demanding any such changes? What decision has been made in this regard?
- The Government has further received certain representations seeking relaxation in upper age limit and number of attempts. In this regard the Central Government gave an answer to the Parliament on the similar subject.
- Furthermore the Government has also received the certain representation regarding exclusion of pali and foreign languages for the list of optional subjects. No change in this regard-has been decided so far.
- A copy of the Rajya Sabha Starred Question No. 113 replied on 12.12.2013 and answer given is enclosed.
Minister’s reply in Rajya Sabha= We’ll change nothing
- There is no proposal in the Government at present to effect further changes.
- The Government does not have any information about strike by aspirants of UPSC examination.
- However, there are media reports of demonstrations by aspirants of UPSC and some representation/references have been received from various quarters seeking relaxation in the upper age limit and the number of attempts.
- The view of the Government is that additional attempts and consequently relaxation in the upper age limit are not warranted, since, in the revised scheme, the overall number of papers to be taken by a candidate remains the same.
- The optional subjects have been reduced from two to only one, thus reducing the optional papers from four to two; and the number of papers for general studies has been increased from two to four. Therefore, there is no overall additional burden or stress on the candidates.
No new Committee about this pattern change
Q. Has Government of India/Personnel Ministry/any departments thereunder, appointed any panel / committee / task force / expert-panel or similar entity or officer to look into the demands made by such individuals/groups/petitions/news or TV reports? IF yes what was its findings / recommendations?