Dhillon appeals to CM to change nature of CSAT paper in Punjab Civil Services exam

Chandigarh, August 14, 2020: The President of the Punjab Youth Congress, Brinder Singh Dhillon today wrote to Chief Minister, Capt. Amarinder Singh requesting him to make the CSAT paper as a qualifying one in the Punjab Civil Services exam instead of a Competitive one, as at present.
Handing over a letter to Gurkirat Kirpal Singh, Special Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister, Dhillon said that the present system of the Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT) paper in Punjab Civil Services (PCS) Examination exam is discriminatory in nature and needs to be reviewed.
A qualifying exam means that the person has to score only 33% marks 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 in 2011, UPSC had introduced CSAT, which mainly covered quantitative ability, verbal ability and reading comprehension, reasoning and data interpretation.This paper is widely regarded as against the reach of rural students, which is obvious in the UPSC data which shows that after the introduction of CSAT the ratio of students selected from rural areas declined manifold.
However after nationwide protests by Civil Services aspirants, calling the examination discriminatory against candidates coming from regional languages and humanities, the government made CSAT qualifying in nature in 2015.
Subsequently, various state public service commissions changed it from a competitive exam to a qualifying one .
However, in Punjab it continues to be a competitive examination.
The students of the state are demanding that since UPSC and several states, including Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana, had changed CSAT into a qualifying examination, the Punjab Public Service Commission should also do so.
Even PPSC had officially recommended to the Government in 2016 to make the CSAT Paper qualifying in nature and whole examination process to be in tandem with the UPSC pattern.
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.

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