UPSC recommends to Govt: Do away with CSAT in Civil Service Exam, Penalty for absentees


Union Public Serive Commission (UPSC) wants to change the current pattern of Civil Service Exam with dropping Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT). UPSC has proposed to remove CSAT from the preliminary examination. UPSC conducts civil services examination every year has sent a proposal to the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT).

As per the report published in The Print, in its proposal to DoPT, UPSC wants to charge a penalty on applicants for not appearing for the examination. UPSC civil service exam consist of 3 parts – Preliminary, Main and final is Interview. To qualify for the Main Written exam, students have to first qualify Preliminary CSAT Written Exam.

Penalty for absentees

In its proposal to DoPT, USPC wants to put some penalty for large number of absentees. UPSC wants this penalty to trim the gap between the candidates who apply for the test and those who actually appear for it. Every year about a million students apply for UPSC annual test but just half of them appear for it. Civil Service Examination (CSE) is conducted to select officers of the public services like IAS, IPS, IFS and other services.


Main paper or CSAT or Paper II, which was introduced in 2011, has witnessed widespread protests by aspirants, who claim that it gives an advantage to those with English, Maths and Science backgrounds. In year 2015 Indian government declared the test as just qualifying exam. Now candidates appearing for CSAT needs to score just 33% to quality this exam.

CSAT exam consists of seven papers like any Indian language, English, General Studies, Personality Test etc. CSAT exam also analyze the candidate’s decision-making, comprehension and communication skills. In a latest move proposed by the UPSC Council, CSAT exams won’t be mandatory from the curriculum year 2019-2020.