Delhi HC Directs UPSC To Submit Panel’s Report On New Format For Civil Services Exam

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Civil Servises Exam (Prel) The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has introduced a new aptitude test paper,in its Civil Services preliminary examination, with a section in it to test the candidates’ ability to understand English. The decision was challenged by one Dina Nath Batra in the Delhi High Court. He has argued that the new test paper deprived a majority of Indian citizens, having Hindi or other languages as the language of instruction during their education, of a level playing field in the competition.

The petition has termed the UPSC move as “discriminatory”. In its reply to the petition, the UPSC, through its counsel Naresh Kaushik, said, “The new format of Civil Service (Prel) Examination is evolved through a process of intense review of the examination system by an Expert Committee and the new system has been approved by the government.”

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) told a division bench of Acting Chief Justice A K Sikri and Justice Rajiv Shakdher that it has taken the step on the basis of its expert panel recommendation, following which the bench sought the panel’s report by September 19.

The commission also sought dismissal of the petition saying “the scope of judicial review in cases where a policy decision is taken pursuant to the recommendations of an expert committee is limited.”

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