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CSAT Weightage Change to Aid Rural Applicants

The recent notification of the Union Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions making the aptitude paper in the Civil Services preliminary examination as a mere qualifying paper has come as a boost to rural students. At the same time, it has dealt a major blow to urban elites, who have been clearing the preliminary examination purely based on the aptitude paper.

In the notification that was issued on Wednesday, the ministry has stated the General Studies Paper-II (Civil Services Aptitude Test) in the civil services preliminary examination will remain a qualifying paper with a minimum qualifying marks fixed at 33 per cent.
The notification otherwise means that those candidates who score high marks in paper I of General Studies would get selected for the main examination as they need to score just 33 per cent in paper II (CSAT).
This notification is a reversal of the four-year policy of the Union Public Service Examination (UPSC), which had given importance to CSAT. Experts have opined that the notification would favour rural students and those who had prepared in the old style before the introduction of CSAT.

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