Holding that the recent changes made by UPSC in the civil services main exam are against the interest of aspirants from rural areas, MP Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has urged his counterparts in others States to raise the issue with the Prime Minister.

Chouhan wrote a letter to all the state Chief Ministers yesterday raising the issue of the recent decision of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) to prepare a merit list of the civil services main examination by adding the marks scored by the candidates in English language, official sources said today.

Chouhan said in the letter that such a decision was against the interest of aspirants from rural areas and small towns having limited competency in English language, they said.

“I humbly request all of you to raise the issue of preparing civil services examination merit list considering the marks scored in English language with the Prime Minister,” Chouhan said in the letter.

He said that knowledge of any particular language should not become the criterion for the selection process. The candidates should be encouraged to express themselves in any Indian language, along with a qualifying level examination of English language.

Since Independence, efforts have been made to give the civil services the status of a representative service, which has resulted in the current situation where candidates belonging to the poorer and deprived classes too are able to participate in the civil services, he wrote in the letter.

(This article was published on March 15, 2013)
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