Students who had recovered from the UPSC regional language issue are now upset with the limited time in order to adopt the new norms. Civil Service Main Exam 2013 candidates are complaining that ' There is a very little time for our analysis to adopt to the new norms.'
These aspirants are demanding that the revised pattern be either introduced next year or they should be allowed additional attempts to make up for the inadequate preparation with which they would have to take this year's examination.
Few Delhi-based civil services aspirants, had organized themselves under an outfit called Youth for Reform, Equality and Justice (YREJ), have been voicing their apprehensions over the short notice given to them to adapt to the "drastic changes in the pattern for the Mains examination".
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The memorandum stated that, many candidates who are on their last attempt - have drawn attention to the increase in weightage for General Studies from 600 to 1,000 marks, which is four times vis-a-vis the optional subject, and the entirely new General Studies paper of ethics, integrity and aptitude. The YREJ, which has got many MPs including Avinash Pande, Sis Ram Ola and B K Handique of the Congress, besides Raghuvansh Prasad Singh of RJD, to take up its case with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and minister of state for personnel V Narayanasamy, feels all candidates would be deprived of a fair chance to compete in the reformed pattern unless they are given fresh or extra attempts up to the prescribed age limit.
According to Purnavrat Das, YREJ president though the change relating to mandatory English language paper caught the attention of Hindi-belt politicians, forcing the government to drop the same, the other drastic changes in the syllabi and weightage of the Mains papers were not raised. "The candidates, who have only one of two attempts left, need time to adapt to the changes and, in the process, might exhaust those attempts. There are many others who have recently exhausted all of their attempts in the old pattern," he said.
However, students are strongly demanding for the changed pattern to be applicable from next year i.e. 2014 onwards. Or, in case of students who have been disabled for some of their attempts in the old pattern should be given extra number of attempts so that they get equal opportunity to complete in the new pattern.