Opposition leaders stand against positive move to introduce CSAT

By Abha Manakatala - Fri Aug 28, 6:51 am

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Jharkhand Assembly today witnessed leaders of the Opposition parties questioning the plan of the state government to introduce Civil Services Aptitude Test.

They caused uproar and moved for an adjournment motion over the CSAT issue. However, assembly Speaker Dinesh Oraon rejected the notice.

Almost all opposition parties and their leaders including the Leader of the Opposition Hemant Soren opposed the state government plan.”The students of Jharkhand are not so competent to undergo CSAT.This will help students from outside state to compete and prevent the local students to become officers in Jharkhand”,said Soren.

Incidentally,their opposition comes at a time when the entire country is attempting to improve the quality of test for students.Even the UPSC had adopted CSAT way back in 2011.

The Chief Minister Raghubar Das defended the move and said that the opposition can not impose its stand on the state government.”If any body has objection,he or she should come up with a written argument.The government will look into it”,said Parliamentary Affiars Minister Saryu Roy

What is CSAT?

Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT) is conducted by UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) every year to select candidates for Civil Services Main Exam. Those who pass the Mains Exam and Interview can join prestigious Indian government services such as IAS, IPS, etc.

Recent Changes in Civil Services Prelims
The new syllabus was introduced for the Union Public Service Comission in 2011. It has two papers:

Paper I: General Studies and Current Affairs
It consists of all the topics from old syllabus of Paper I except general mental ability. It also has new topics such as economic and social development and general issues on environmental ecology, bio-diversity, and climate change.

Paper II: General Mental Ability
Paper II of Civil Services Aptitude Test includes general mental ability (shifted from Paper I) along with comprehension, interpersonal skills including comprehension skills, logical reasoning & analytical ability, decision-making and problem-solving, basic numeracy, data interpretation and English language comprehension skills.

Exam Pattern of CSAT

There are two compulsory papers of 200 marks each. Both question papers are of objective type (multiple-choice questions).
Paper I comprises 100 questions with each question carrying 2 marks each while paper II has 80 questions with each question carrying 2.5 marks each.

There are four alternatives for answers to every question. The question papers are set in both in Hindi and English. However, questions relating to English language comprehension skills are tested through passages without proving Hindi translation in the question paper.

Negative Marking in CSAT

There is negative marking for incorrect answers for all questions except some of the questions where the negative marking will be inbuilt in the form of different marks being awarded to the most appropriate and not-so-appropriate answer for such questions. If you give a wrong answer, one-third of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted as penalty.
Eligibility Criteria

Nationality: You should be the citizens of India for the Indian Administrative Service and the Indian Police Service.
Age Limit: You should not aged less than 21 years and not more than 32 years. (In case of candidates belonging to SC/ ST category, the upper age limit is relaxable up to five years. In case of OBC candidates, the upper age limit is relaxable up to three years).

Educational Qualification: You should possess a degree of any of the universities incorporated by an Act of the Central or state legislature in India or other educational institutions established by an Act of Parliament.

Number of Attempts: You can apply to a maximum of 6 times. The candidates belonging to OBC category can apply for a total of nine times. This restriction on the number of attempts will not apply in case of Scheduled Caste and Schedule Tribe candidates.

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