Moreover, the marks, cut off marks and the answer keys of the civil services (preliminary) examination, 2014 will be provided to the candidates only after the final results of the prestigious exam are declared. Hence, the UPSC issued in a statement that no application under RTI Act, 2005 or otherwise will be accepted in this regard.
The DoPT had already issued a notification in Jammu and Kashmir (Relaxation of upper age limit for recruitment to Central Civil Services and Posts), 1997, for the purpose of relaxing the upper age limit till 2015.
According to reports, the new UPSC like exam will cover additional domains such as niche skills, risk management, legal, accounting, human resource management, counseling, and financial markets trading etc. in addition to economics and statistics.
“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.
The petitioner, Angesh Kumar, is a candidate of this year’s civil services exam. After a widespread protest spearheaded by primarily the candidates from the so called “Hindi-belt” states, the Union Public Service Commission announced a major revamp in the new marking scheme for CSPE – 2014. The government had also made the provision for excluding the English comprehension section of Paper-II, a move that experts say may downgrade the quality of bureaucracy in the country.
The Union Public Services Commission has announced a series of changes in the rules of the civil services examination (preliminary) scheduled to be held on August 24, 2014.
“Prime facie we find substance in the contention of the writ petition that the reservation for visually impaired candidates is not in conformity with Section 33 of the Disabilities Act. However, we are not inclined to stay the preliminary examination on that ground”, Chief Justice Rohini and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw stated.
As per the official release of the UPSC, “The union government has decided that for the civil services (Preliminary) examination, 2014 to be held on August 24, the section on English language comprehension skills will not count for gradation or merit.” As the comprehension will not be evaluated, the candidates have been advised not to answer the questions from the section.
“Our government had to keep in mind the interest of the students. Prime Minister Narendra Modi took a considered view on the subject. We feel that the compulsory English examination has no utility or purpose,” a top government official told the Economic Times.
As per Jitendra Singh, Minister of State for Personnel, Public grievances and Pensions, “Government will decide on the issue within another 2-3 days,” reported NDTV. Singh, as per earlier reports, was in favor of postponing the preliminary exam in light of the demands of the students.