Chandigarh, August 14, 2020 (Yes Punjab News)
The president of Punjab Youth Congress, Brinder Singh Dhillon on Friday wrote a letter to the Chief Minister Punjab, Capt. Amarinder Singh requesting him to make the CSAT paper qualifying in Punjab Civil Services exam.
Handing over the letter to Mr. Gurkirat Kirpal Singh, Special Principal Secretary to Hon’ble Chief Minister Punjab, Dhillon said that the present system of the Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT) paper in Punjab Civil Services (PCS) Examination Preliminary examination of PCS exam is discriminatory in nature and need to be reviewed.
Dhillon said that in 2011, the UPSC had introduced the CSAT which mainly covered quantitative ability, verbal ability and reading comprehension, reasoning and data interpretation. So this paper is widely regarded as against the reach of the students from rural, which is manifested in UPSC data which shows that after the introduction of CSAT the ratio of students selected from rural areas had declined manifolds from 2011 to 2015.
However nationwide protests by Civil Services aspirants, calling the examination as discriminatory against the candidates coming from regional languages and humanities, the government made CSAT just a qualifying in nature in 2015.
Subsequently, various state public service commissions also changed the nature of examination from competitive to qualifying (most recently Haryana did it in July 2020). However, in Punjab it continues to be the competitive examination. Now the students of state are demanding that since UPSC and several states, including Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana, had also changed CSAT into a qualifying examination. The Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) should also follow the suit.
It is pertinent to mention here that even PPSC had officially recommended to the Government in 2016; to make CSAT Paper qualifying in nature and whole examination process in tandem with UPSC pattern. A qualifying exam means, the person has to score only 33% marks in that paper out of 200 marks and marks of that paper will not be counted for merit to elevation to the second stage i.e. Mains examination.
Dhillon said that if the CSAT paper is made as qualifying in nature, it will bring rural and poor candidates on an equal footing with privileged and urban candidates in this exam. It will definitely provide relief to thousands of aspirants by amending the Punjab Civil Services Rules, 2009 and make these changes on an urgent basis as notification of PCS 2020 is already out.
Giving assurance to look into the matter, Mr. Gurkirat Kirpal Singh said that as the guidelines and procedure for Punjab Civil Services Exam-2020 are already advertised and it will not be possible to change it now but the government will leave no stone unturned to address the problem being faced by the PCS aspirants.
He said that as the matter is related to policy change so the govt before advertising the next exam will definitely send it to the expert committee to rectify the glitch.