There isn’t any plan to drop the civil services aptitude test (CSAT) from the civil services examination, the federal government stated on Thursday.
The civil services examination is carried out by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) yearly in three levels — preliminary, most important and interview — to choose officers for Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS) and Indian Police Service (IPS) amongst others.
The CSAT is a part of the civil services preliminary examination.
“No sir,” was the response given by Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha to a question on the plans to drop the CSAT. He additionally responded in unfavourable when requested whether or not the federal government was going to change the sample of the UPSC civil services examination, together with the substitute of interviews with a psychological test.
In a separate reply, the minister stated that there is no such thing as a such test which has not been carried out even after one 12 months of its registration by the National Testing Agency (NTA), which conducts entrance examinations for admission/fellowship in increased education establishments.
“National Testing Agency (NTA), which conducts entrance examinations for admission/fellowship in higher education institutions, has informed that there is no such entrance exam which has not been conducted even after one year of registration for the same,” Singh stated.
He stated due to COVID-19 pandemic, the schedule of launch of notification of examinations for the 12 months 2020 couldn’t be maintained from the month of April, 2020 onwards. “Due to COVID-19 pandemic situation, the declaration of result of Tier-III of Combined Graduate Level Examination – 2018 has been delayed. However, every effort is being made to complete the process of declaration of result at the earliest,” the minister stated.