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Students Worried over Changes in UPSC Syllabus

The Union Public Service Commission conducts Civil Services Examination. UPSC has recently made some changes to the Civil Services Mains Exam. They have decided to exclude foreign languages such as Persian and Arabic from the optional subjects list for the main examination. This means over a thousand financially backward students from Bihar who have opted for Persian and Arabic as their optional papers will now be excluded from the Civil Services Exam.

Students and faculty from leading universities have been protesting against it. These universities include Jamia Milia Islamia, Aligarh Muslim University, Patna University, Allahabad University and Jawaharlal Nehru University. The students and faculty held a demonstration outside the UPSC office in Shahjahan road in Delhi against the change.

JNUSU President Akbar Chawdhary was quoted in a newspaper saying that the move is unfair especially when the government focuses on globalization and tapping the job market in foreign lands.

These recent changes have been looked upon by many students as a bid to bring about 'elitisation' of UPSC syllabus. There is a demand to roll back the decisions since they would affect aspirants from rural areas and from vernacular medium schools.

Some students say that the new format of CSAT gave an advantage to students from engineering, medical and science backgrounds as compared to those from arts and humanities.

On the contrary, some students feel that any protests are unnecessary and that changes are important to move forward. There will always be resistance to new ideas.

What is your opinion?

Do you think, UPSC has made a good move or it hampers the Civil Services?



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