Delhi High Court Issues Notice To UPSC Over English Language Issue

Responding to a PIL raised by DINA Nath Batra, the Delhi High Court has issued notice to Union Public Services Commission (UPSC). The petitioner (Dina Nath Batra) stated that students from regional and rural areas are put to a disadvantage by making English compulsory in Civil Services Examinations.

The Civil Services Examination applicants will have to write two papers; General Knowledge and Aptitude Test. In the second paper of aptitude test, there is a compulsory topic of “English Comprehension Skills” comprising nine questions of 2.5 marks each. The petitioner argues that English should not be made compulsory for all the applicants.

Further more the petitioner stated that, UPSC has violated Article 16 of the Constitution of India. Article 16 states that “there shall be equality of opportunity for all citizens in matters relating to employment or appointment to any office under the state”.

Source: The Hindu

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