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UPSC 2013 Pattern Change and the Extra Attempt Debate and discussion

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UPSC has released the 2013 CSP Notification. As expected, there has been changes in the Main exam pattern. Students are debating whether more attempts will be given to all candidates as probably happened in 1979 and year 1990. You can read more on the links below.

Sample of a letter by some student to DoPT:

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“On 5th March, UPSC have notified changes in the Mains Pattern of the Civil Services Exam. While I welcome the changes ushered in by the Commission, I am saddened by complete neglect of the majority stakeholders in this process, the Civil Service aspirants.

The changes brought about are not incremental but are substantial and these are advantageous to only a section of the aspirant community. Many students would be at a disadvantage as the new pattern does not provide a level playing field to them and it impinges on their right to equality.

Students from Regional language background would be at a major disadvantage in Paper-I as many would require to put in extra efforts to work on their English language. It would be detrimental to their final rank in the Merit List. Already many of them find it difficult to get through the Preliminary stage due to emphasis on English Comprehension.

Also, a few students would be in the age group of 28 plus and some would be even 29, which means that they ought to take this exam this year itself as there would be no flexibility. Even if you increase the attempts for these students it may not work in their favor as they would not have the cushion of time to write the exam the next year as they would go beyond the age limit of 31 years.

In 1979 and 1990 the pattern was changed and DoPT had taken into cognizance the interest of the student community. In 1979, the students were given four fresh attempts while in 1990 the upper age-limit was 31 years. And so I would request you to please consider raising the upper age-limit to 31 years and also giving fresh attempts.

Sir, considering the amount of time and money that students put in during their preparation for exams, I would request you to take up this issue urgently.

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See the DoPT rule notification It is mentioned that "Unless covered by any of the exceptions that may from time to time be notified by the Central Government in this behalf, every candidate appearing for the examination after 1st January 1990, who is otherwise eligible, shall be permitted four attempts at the examination".

Follow this Link for full discussion. And join students petitioning the DoPT or PMO or UPSC. Do it while you can; the system needs more improvements than you think it does. It is a lucky draw exam already given the way it is conducted.

More from the discussion:

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I think we should ponder on the following cases too and request DoPT to consider them:

1) A few students would be in the age group of 28 plus and some would be even 29, which means that they ought to take this exam this year itself as there would be no flexibility. Even if you increase the attempts for these students it may not work in their favour as they would not have the cushion of time to write the exam the next year as they would go beyond the age limit of 31 years.

Solution: Make the upper age limit 31 years along with an extra attempt.

2) Students from Regional language background would be ata disadvantage in Paper-I as many would require to put in extra efforts to work on their English language. It would be detrimental to their final rank in the Merit List. Already many of them find it difficult to get through the Preliminary stage due to emphasis on English Comprehension.( Students from the southern states especially as Hindi is not their savior in  CSAT). Students from CBSE, ICSE stand to gain again from this new patter.

Solution: Students would need more time to be prepared for these mammoth changes brought in by UPSC. So again the age limit to be extended to 31 along with an extra attempt.

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March 6th, 2013 at 1:33 pm