The Central government has urged the Union Public Services Commission (UPSC) to postpone the CSAT test until a consensus is reached on the exam pattern and syllabus.
Acronym for Civil Services Aptitude Test, CSAT was originally scheduled to be held next month (August 24). However, a large number of Civil Services aspirants, especially those from North India, demanded that the test should be scrapped permanently. According to them, CSAT was putting Hindi language aspirants at a major disadvantage.
“We are also urging upon the UPSC and the committee that was constituted to look into the matter that not only report be constituted at the earliest, considering the urgency of the matter and the concern of all sections of the society… they should also consider postponing the date of the preliminary examination,” Union minister Jitendra Singh told reporters outside Parliament on Tuesday.
“Till the report about the final conclusions in the matter is out, these young guys and girls would not be able to make out the kind of preparation they have to do for the exam. “Therefore, till there is a clarity over the syllabus and exam pattern they should be given sufficient time. It is quite legitimate on their part that we are suggesting to concerned authorities to consider postponement of the preliminary examination of IAS (UPSC) exams,” he added.
The minister also met a group of students who wished to lodge their protest on the issue. Apparently, it looks like Singh and his government is trying hard to calm the protesters who are currently on hunger strike. The minister confirmed that a group of senior officials will be soon meeting the protesting students so the issue can be resolved.