The protestors strongly expressed that the candidates should be encouraged to express themselves in any Indian language, along with a qualifying level examination of English language. Since independence, efforts were being made to give civil services the status of the representative service, which resulted in the current situation where candidates belonging to poorer and deprived classes, too, were able to participate in the civil services.
After many parties had objected the new rules that made English mandatory and made it tougher for students to answer the exam in regional languages. After a huge controversy, the Government has come in to a decision that for now, no changes shall be made to the UPSC Examinations This Year.
However, the issue had an end. The IAS exam aspirants shall breathe out with happiness now.
Before we are out of the conflict lets recall a few statements which brought students and states against UPSC's decision. Below are a few statements which said about the changes.
Starting this year, students who have cleared preliminary exams were to take a test of their English skills worth 100 marks. Their result in this test would count towards their overall score. Earlier, candidates who made the first cut would, in the second stage, give two exams - in a regional language and English. These scores would not count in their overall performance, but were intended to test their communication skills.
Further, students taking the 'mains' (those who've cleared the prelim stage) would no longer be allowed to take their exams in a regional language unless it was the main language of instruction in the school they graduated from. Currently, many aspirants who may come from 'English-medium' schools prefer to take the exams in a regional language they are more comfortable with.
The new rules dictated that unless there are at least 25 candidates opting for a particular language, students would have to answer exams in either English or Hindi, which most states say is discriminatory and unfair.
The changes had been attacked by the chief ministers of Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Tamil Nadu - Narendra Modi, Shivraj Singh Chouhan and J Jayalalitha. They had written to the Prime Minister, asking him to reverse the decision. In Maharashtra, the Shiv Sena had threatened to disrupt the Commission's exams in the state if its demand to include Marathi in the syllabus was not met.
Finally the issue was raised in the Parliament today. Well, the decision was very clear that there shall be no changes in UPSC IAS examination this year. But still, what about the next upcoming years. Is it a toughest time coming up for future applicants.