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Isn't the agitation against CSAT unnecessary!
The controversy over UPSC examination although became very critical with students taking the route of demonstration and politicians intervening, but the issue in my views factually lacks any merit.

It is claimed that the introduction of CSAT since 2011 is partial and aimed for the advantage of elitists and students reading in English medium school where as discriminating students from Hindi medium schools and aspiring candidates from rural areas.

Let's first understand what is CSAT. It stands for Civil Services Aptitude Test introduced since 2011. Objection is against CSAT paper-II which carries questions on comprehension, interpersonal skills including communication skills, logical reasoning and analytical ability, decision making and problem solving, general mental ability, basic numeracy and English language comprehension skills of standard 10th level.

Before CSAT there were general studies (GS) paper carrying 150 marks and a second paper which can be chosen by a candidate from 23 optional papers carrying 300 marks. In CSAT system each paper carries 200 marks.

The problem that agitators are raising is that CSAT questions have more weightage than general study questions. They have problem with Hindi translation of English comprehension.

But fact is different. English comprehension (of 10th class standard) carries only 22 marks out of 200 marks! Thus this can't be said that it's advantageous to English medium students. The agitators are basically against the aptitude test, reasoning skill test, basic numeracy etc!

Point is aptitude, problem solving skill, reasoning, numerical knowledge is not language bound. Indian civilization is champion of logic, mathematics, philosophy and reasoning. If you say that English medium students are more knowledgeable than Hindi medium schools on this aspect, I would demand revision of the curriculum in Hindi medium schools. How can Indian education do not provide proficiency in aptitude, reasoning, logic and problem solving skills?

On the other hand for an effective administration these skills are utmost urgent. Do anybody think that a civil servant would lack reasoning and logical skills, problem solving and mental ability skills! Someone asked what is wrong if instead of these tests, questions on history, geography and literature are answered by civil services aspirants. Answer is civil servants do not have to be lecturers in Colleges. They are to be administrators. India doesn't need administrators who lack quality on reasoning, logic, problem solving etc.

CSAT is a well thought out plan and works perfectly since 2011. There is no point is scrapping these tests. English carries only 22 marks out of 400 marks for non-English aspirants. It was introduced during UPA tenure although now some UPA leaders are raising voice against it while standing behind the agitators. These leaders are just playing their as usual opportunistic games.

Narendra Modi government must ensure that quality can't be compromised. In fact after the introduction of CSAT every year we getting candidates from remote and rural areas with very poor back ground cracking civil services examination.

It's only because their aptitude test results are much better than those urban aspirant agitators who are blaming English medium schools! It would be better for them to concentrate on enhancing their skill rather than agitating for wrong reasons!

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