UPSC allows IAS aspirants / civil service aspirants to give interview in mother tongue
The Union Public Service Commission has allowed candidates to give their personality test interview in a language different from the one they choose for the written paper.
Henceforth, candidates who writes the Civil Service (Main) Examination paper in English will not need to give interview in that language.
More than 4.8 lakh students took the preliminary UPSC examination this year. The results are expected around August after which the main examination is likely to be held at the year end, in which the candidates' list is expected to be cut down to approximately 13,000. The list of vacancies would be a fraction at about 1,000 going by the 2010 figures where only the most deserving will get selected. But starting next year, the personality test interviews will be much easier and a relaxed affair. They can even give the test in their mother tongue, if it figures in one of the languages in the eighth schedule.
UPSC under secretary M Mukhopadhyay yesterday informed the Bombay High Court of the far-reaching recommendations made by an expert committee and accepted by the commission. Accordingly, candidates who opt for an Indian language (other than Hindi) for the written part of the exam will be allowed to choose the same language or English or Hindi as the medium for the interview. Similarly, the UPSC affidavit submitted by its counsel, Rui Rodrigues, also said that from now on, "candidates opting to write the civil services (main) paper in English may be given the option to be interviewed either in English or Hindi or any other Indian language opted by them for the compulsory Indian language paper in the written part".
However, those candidates who are exempt from the compulsory Indian language paper will have to appear for the interview in English or Hindi only. The decision is a step in ruling out injustice and towards creating a level playing field for scores of candidates across India since English is not a native language and regional languages are the primary medium of instruction in scores of schools.
The expert committee headed by professor B B Bhattacharya, ex-vice chancellor, Jawaharlal Nehry University, was set up after Chittranjan Kumar, a 2008 candidate, had filed a public interest litigaton last year questioning what he said was an "existing draconian" rule that required a person writing the UPSC exam in English to also take the interview in the same language.
On Thursday, after taking the commission's affidavit on record and approving its action, the HC bench of Chief Justice Mohit Shah and Justice G S Godbole disposed of the PIL. The department of personal training of the Indian government has been informed of the changes and soon the detailed application form for the civil services (main) examination will be appropriately modified to ease things for candidates who come from a cross-section of India's varied socio-economic sector determined to crack the civil services code.
The PIL had questioned the fairness of continuing with English as the language for the interview when what was being tested was his or her personality not language skills.
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