Here is a huge relief for the civils aspirants - If everything goes well, CSAT examination may not be mandatory from the academic year 2019-2020.
The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) is proposing to rescind the Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT) paper in the preliminary exam of Civil Services Examination (CSE). The Commission has recently sent proposals to the Department of Personnel and Training (DOPT), which recommends the dropping of Paper II or CSAT exam from the prelims.
This Is CSAT
Preliminary test consists of Paper-I and Paper-II.
Paper-I comprises 100 questions covering subjects viz. history, geography, social and economic development etc,
Paper-II (CSAT) has 80 questions on aptitude consisting of basic numeracy, general mental ability and logical reasoning.
One has to score qualifying marks in Paper-II (33%) and only then the marks scored in Paper-I would be considered for short-listing them for the Mains.
Why Doing Away CSAT?
The Paper II was introduced back in the year 2011, which received the protest of the aspirants. Later on, in the year 2015, the Govt. has turned to to be just qualifying in nature. At present, scoring 33% is needed to get qualified in the exam and move on to the next level.
CSAT is often considered as hindrance by rural and vernacular-medium studied candidates, as they have to spend more time on preparation since they are not English-medium educated.
It is disliked by non-math candidates and they allege that CSAT is in favour of candidates who have mathematical and science backgrounds.
Penalty For Absentees
On the other hand, the UPSC is planning to lay some penalty on the absentees, as their number is growing high. The number of candidates applied is crossing ten lakhs while the actual attending candidates are not even half of them.
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