Government convenes all Party meet on CSAT exam issue

Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs
23-November-2014 19:57 IST
Government convenes all Party meet on CSAT exam issue

Parties to submit their views on five issues in two weeks

Parties appreciate government’s approach on the sensitive issue

The Government today discussed the issues concerning the Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT) with leaders of various parties in both the Houses of Parliament. The meeting was convened by the Parliamentary Affairs Minister Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu in pursuance of the assurance given by the Government during the last Budget session of Parliament. Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh and Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitely, Minister of State in PMO Dr.Jitendra Singh, Ministers of State for Parliamentary Affairs –Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy and Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi besides leaders of 26 parties represented in both the Houses of Parliament.

Shri Rajnath Singh and Shri Venkaiah Naidu said that the CSAT issue is a sensitive one and the Government would like to have the benefit of considered views of all parties.
A detailed presentation was made by Secretary (DoPT) on the origin and evolution of the civil services examination over the years being conducted every year by the Union Public Services Commission. Dr.Jitendra Singh sought the views of different parties on five proposals. This followed expression of views by leaders of various parties, who said they need to consult their party colleagues in the sensitive matter.
Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu informed the leaders that they will be circulated a detailed note in the matter in three days and suggested that may furnish their views in two weeks on the following five issues:
1.On continuation of English Language Comprehension Skills in Paper – II
2. Reduced weightage of analytical component

3. To make Paper-II qualifying

4.Revert back to Optional Paper

5. Any other alternative.

Several leader complimented the Government for its approach in the sensitive matter.

Source: PIB

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