More than 4.5 lakh students across the country appeared in the UPSC Preliminary exam on Sunday in various centers spread throughout the country. As per available record, a total of 4,51,602 students appeared in the exam – almost 1.27 lakh more than the total number of students who took the exam last year. The total number of authorized centers was 2,137 in as many as 59 cities.
As a big relief for UPSC and the central government, there was no report of any protest or misconduct from any of the exam centers.
“There were no incidents of protest from any of the centre in the country. We are very happy that the examination went off peacefully and without any law and order problem,” Ashim Khurana, Commission Secretary, Union Public Service, informed, as reported by the Indian Express.
“All officials of UPSC, Department of Personnel and Training and chief secretaries successfully coordinated for peaceful conduct of the examination,” he added.
This year, the UPSC had chosen 14 new cities including: Gurgaon, Gwalior, Noida, Varanasi, Jabalpur and Ghaziabad. There were 222 exam centers in Delhi alone.
A series of protests had left the fate of this year’s civil services exam (preliminary) in doubt. However, bowing to the demand of the protesters, most of them from the so-call “Hindi belt” states, the central government and UPSC decided to exclude the English comprehension segment from Paper II. The move by the government came despite concerns that doing so may eventually downgrade the quality of India’s bureaucratic machinery.