UPSC Proposal to remove CSAT from Civil Service Exam

UPSC proposed Government to drop CSAT from Civil Service Exam –  As per the report by various news media, the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) wants the government to remove the mandatory Aptitude Test paper from its prestigious Civil Services examination. Aptitude Test (CSAT) is conducted to test the candidate’s communication, comprehension as well as the decision making skills. 


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In the June month this year, UPSC had shared its vision with the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) where the UPSC proposed removing Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT). It also proposed to bring in a penalty for those students who remain absent during these exams. The sources from commission further stated that It wishes to curb the widespread absenteeism that occurs during this exam. 


The CSAT also known as Paper 2 was introduced in way back 2011 which resulted in widespread protests by several students. Many claimed that this paper is an advantage for those who come from the English, Maths and Science backgrounds. Rakesh Gupta who is the chairman of UPSC has refused to comment on this matter as of now. 


The Civil Services Examination conducts Prelims part as its first phase. It is divided into two parts. Paper 1 of this exam tests the candidates on the issues such as History, Environment, Economy, Current Affairs, etc. The Paper 2 tests candidates’ aptitude skills such as Reasoning, Decision Making, Basic Maths, etc. 


After several protests, the government made this paper qualifying in the year 2015 where the candidates need to score 33% of the total marks.