UPSC May Withdraw Compulsory English From Civil Services Exam

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UPSC May Do Away With Compulsory English in Civil Services Exam In a face saving effort, the Government is proposing to do away with the compulsory English language paper at Civil Services (Mains) Examination. The recent circular drawn on March 5 in an official gazette notifying the changes to UPSC Exam 2013 was kept in abeyance due to all round opposition from the members of the parliament cutting across the party line.

While the process of modifying the new pattern is undergoing, will not change the schedule of Civil Services (Prelim) Examination, to be held on May 26, confirms the Ministry of personnel.

Until now, the English test paper was only qualifying in nature and its marks were not added for selecting the candidate. Sources in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, said that a meeting will be soon convened to discuss the contentious issue of making the English language paper compulsory and considering its score as one of the criteria at the time of recruitment of the candidate, and chances are to revert the English language paper to qualifying nature as ever.

There are also other issues to be discussed like requirement of minimum number of candidates opting for local language which met opposition from stake holders. A final decision will also be taken in this regard in the meeting, the sources said.

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