New Delhi, Aug 5: Keen to defuse the escalating UPSC row, the Government has announced in Parliament that English marks in CSAT-II will not be included for gradation or merit but the impasse is likely to continue with agitating aspirants sticking to the demand for complete scrapping of this format.
The Union Public Services Commission (UPSC), meanwhile, said the civil services preliminary exams will be held as scheduled on August 24 incorporating the changes even as the government refused to yield to the demand of the civil service aspirants for doing away with Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT).
The aspirants, who also demanded postponement of the exams, shifted their protests to Jantar Mantar from Mukherjee Nagar in north Delhi where they have been agitating for the last 25 days.
The government also announced that candidates who took the 2011 UPSC exam will get another chance to appear for the test next year.
"Government is of the opinion that in the Civil Services Preliminary examination, Paper-II, the marks of the question section on 'English Language comprehension skills' should not be included for gradation or merit," Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh said.
"We are not satisfied with MoS Personnel Jitendra Singh's speech in Lok Sabha regarding CSAT.
We want complete scrapping of CSAT. We have decided to continue our fight from Jantar Mantar," Pawan, an UPSC aspirant, who is leading the protest said. Pawan said the Government announcement has not addressed its demand.
"We never demanded from BJP-led Government to modify CSAT pattern. Instead, our demand was to finish this test for the welfare of lakhs of students, who had studied in Hindi medium," he added.
Not satisfied with the changes announced by the government in the UPSC exam, scores of civil services aspirants today vowed to continue their fight for "complete scrapping" of the CSAT paper and decided to shift their agitation to Jantar Mantar in central Delhi.
"Before elections, BJP had promised to scrap this test. The BJP-led central government has cheated lakhs of UPSC aspirants who had hoped that the new government would pay heed to their demand," Pawan, an UPSC aspirant said.
Inputs from PTI