The BJP-led government has brought a new twist in the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) format by lowering the upper age limit for UPSC aspirants and also bringing in change in the number of attempts one can make for the paper.
As per the notification provided by the government, the upper age limit for general category will be 26, down from 30, for Other Backward Classes (OBCs) 28 from 33 and for Scheduled Caste (SC) and Scheduled Tribe (ST) categories it will be brought down to 29 from 35, reported First Post.
With this change the aspirants who had the option of trying to crack the UPSC exam at least two or three times, will be deprived of that opportunity. Candidates from general category will only have 2-3 years to prepare and crack the UPSC exam as in the present education system a person normally completes his/her masters degree by 23-24 years.
In August 2014, civil service aspirants also pointed out that Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT) puts aspirants from Hindi and humanities background at a disadvantage as it is biased towards technical and management students.
The Arvind Verma Committee report stated that CSAT as a scientifically formed exam and recommended to improve the quality of English to Hindi translation as the English comprehension in the CSAT exam which is of 20 marks is of class 10 level and the aspirants are expected to have that standard of knowledge. After this CSAT row government informed the parliament that exams have been made ‘language neutral’ as the English comprehension marks will not be considered in the merit list.