The Rajya Sabha was again disrupted on Tuesday as some Members sought a debate over language issue in UPSC exams, forcing two adjournments – the second one till noon.

Opposition Members have alleged that the UPSC exams discriminate against students of regional languages.

However, the government seems in no mood to buckle down under the Opposition pressure over its decision.

On Tuesday morning, Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu informed the BJP parliamentary board meet, which was also attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, that the government has taken the most feasible decision, according to reports.

Naidu further said that the government’s decision was absolutely correct, considering the short span of time available to them.

Opposition keeps up the pressure

The Opposition was equally up to the task as Kanimozi of DMK said that her party was in favour of inclusion of other Indian languages in the UPSC exam.

Samajwadi Party leader Naresh Agarwal said that his party will not let the Parliament function properly until the CSAT issue is completely resolved.

Meanwhile, CPI’s D Raja batted for a level playing field for everyone who speaks in different language in India.

Senior JD (U) leader Sharad Yadav informed the Upper House that the UPSC aspirants are in favour of scrapping altogether the English paper from the exam.

The government's statement was also rejected by the protesters who demanded complete scrapping of the CSAT.

"We are not satisfied with Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh's speech in Lok Sabha regarding CSAT. We demand complete scrapping of CSAT. We have decided to continue our fight," Pawan, an UPSC aspirant, who has been leading the protest, said.
Pawan said that this was not what the protesters have been demanding.

"We never asked the BJP-led government to modify CSAT pattern. Instead, our demand is to abolish this test for the welfare of lakhs of students who had studied in Hindi medium," he added.
The civil services preliminary examination will be held as scheduled on August 24 with the changes announced by government in Parliament today including non-inclusion of English marks in gradation of candidates.
The move comes despite demands by some protesting students to postpone the preliminary exam until the new pattern was adopted by the UPSC.
The examination will be held as per schedule and the UPSC will incorporate all the changes announced by the government today in Parliament, official sources said.
There are two compulsory papers of 200 marks each in the civil services preliminary examination. These papers are also known as CSAT I and CSAT II.
The CSAT-II paper 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 Class X level).
The CSAT pattern was implemented from 2011.
The civil services examination is conducted in three stages - preliminary, main and interview - to choose candidates for Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS) and Indian Police Service (IPS) among others.
The UPSC has started issuing admit cards to the candidates for the August 24 preliminary exam.

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