Is UPSC exam pattern biased in favor of urban candidates? Should English scores not be included?

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Is UPSC exam pattern biased in favor of urban candidates? Should English scores not be included?

In the very recent time a debate circulated among the people concerning the pattern of the UPSC exam.

Seeing the scores immensely decline, a lot many people questioned the change in the pattern. The earlier pattern included a choice between the languages for taking the exam. But later the change excluded the choice of languages and brought up a general exam CSAT (Civil Service Aptitude Test) to test the credibility of the candidates.

The paper questioned logical reasoning and general aptitude of the candidates appearing for the exam, which is still upright as the officials believed that a general test should judge the capability of our future generation, irrespective of their educational backgrounds. Fine, so far so good. True that, if a person stands the chances of holding a position as reputed as an IAS then he should be able to crack any aptitude or logical reasoning test.  

There was another change made that is of including English as the compulsory language in the test which infuriated a debate among the people. India is a country where the majority of the population knows/talks in Hindi. In a country where Hindi is the mother tongue, giving importance to a foreign language is a cause to worry.

The point stays clear, the candidates who come from vernacular (Hindi) background are not proficient enough in English as a language. As UPSC exam examines English grammar skills as well, these candidates who despite being highly intelligent are from Hindi medium and the rural background are unable to pursue their dreams. For them, language stands as a barrier holding back their dreams. If language skills are necessary, then in a country where Hindi is the most popular language should lead to the testing grounds.

Furthermore, what came as a shock was the usage of Google translator by the UPSC board to translate CSAT questions from English to Hindi. The results were disastrous. The steel plant became lohe ka pudha and land reforms became arthvayvastha sudhar with many other such examples which proves the bias nature towards the rural kids.

Learning and knowing a foreign language is no harm. It should not be treated against the nationalism of a country. Where Hindi is popular in our country, English holds a worldwide popularity. India must not forget its roots to compete and level to other nations. Hindi is the language our ancestors were born with, and now we must take it forward. Including English as a compulsory language in the UPSC tests, not only disregards the importance of our mother language but also proves the lust for copying international trends.

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