New Delhi: The government on Thursday made English optional for those seeking to get into the Indian Administrative Service, and said aspirants will be able to write the exam in a regional language also.

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"A candidate will be allowed to use any one of the regional languages under schedule 8 of the constitution or English as the medium of writing the exam," Minister of State for Personnel and Training V. Narayanasamy said in the Lok Sabha.

The Minister said that the decision was taken after the government took into account the views expressed by MPs in Parliament, representations on the notification and consultation with different agencies. "The government has reviewed the concerns raised," Narayanasamy said. Government had kept the UPSC notification in abeyance after the two Houses of Parliament witnessed repeated uproar and adjournments, with members terming the notification as "unconstitutional". They had also sought action against the UPSC chief and others responsible for the action.

Further, the English component of 100 marks from the essay paper will also be dropped. Status quo ante of two qualifying papers of 300 marks each in any modern Indian language and in English shall be restored. The essay paper will now be of 250 marks, to be written in a medium of the candidate's choice, the statement said.

(JPN/Agencies)

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