Supreme Court rejects plea to postpone UPSC prelim exams
The Union Public Services Commission (UPSC) preliminary examination will now take place as scheduled after the Supreme Court (SC) today rejected a plea seeking stalling of the exams.
Lawyer Ali Mohammad Maz told reporters, "The SC today rejected our demands of postponing the exam schedule. No further date has been given either."
Petitioner Angesh Kumar said, "The DoPT minister Jitendra Singh had assured us during our hunger strike that they were considering our demands and a committee would be formed, which would give its report and the exams will also be postponed, but it never happened."
The Delhi High Court had earlier rejected a petition challenging the changes made in the Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT).
The writ petition had been filed against the UPSC's decision to exclude 22 marks of English Comprehension from Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) just one week before the exams, as it is unfair to the students of Arts, Humanities and medical background.
The government, in a bid to resolve the CSAT row, had earlier taken a decision that the marks of English section will not be included for merit.
This decision, however, did not appease the students who were protesting against CSAT as they wanted CSAT to be scrapped entirely.
(Posted on 24-08-2014)