Pune’s Shruti Shrikhande tops UPSC CDS exam

Shruti Shrikhande, a 22 year old from Pune, has emerged as the topper among girls in the Combined Defence Services (CDS) examination conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). Shruti, daughter of Brigadier Vinod Shrikhande, is a final year law student at Indian Law Society (ILS) Law College, Pune.

In an interview with Hindustan Times, Shruti said that since her days in Army Public School, Pune, she has dreamt of being in the Armed Forces. The stories of her father’s career experience have always been a strong driving force that kept her motivated during the entire journey.

Talking about the preparation that went into topping the exam, Shruti says that apart from her daily academic regimen of about six hours, an hour was devoted for physical exercise including long-distance running and trekking with friends.

Overall 232 candidates in the country has qualified in the final exam for admission to the Officers Training Academy 107th Short Service Commission course (for men) and 21st Short Service Commission women (non-technical) course, commencing in April 2018. UPSC had released the results on its website, upsc.gov.in on Thursday, 1st February, 2018. Nipurn Datta has secured the top rank in the exam among boys.

Sources: Hindustan Times, The Indian Express

UPSC introduces e-admit cards for civil services main examination

New Delhi: Civil services main examination which is scheduled to begin from this Friday will not issue paper admit cards to the candidates, said the UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) on Sunday.

The UPSC main examination for the year will be conducted at 23 centres from December 18 to 23.

The civil services examination is carried out in three stages-preliminary, main examination and interview. The officers of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS) and Indian Police Service (IPS) are required to clear all three stages.

A press release issued by the UPSC said, “The Commission has uploaded the e-admit cards on its website at www.upsc.gov.in. The candidates are advised to download their e-admit cards and take a printout thereof. The candidates will have to produce the printout of their e-admit cards at the allotted venue for appearing in the examination.”

However, the board has asked the aspirants to carry their original proof of identity such as valid identity cards, Aadhar card, voter id- card etc. In case the photograph on their e-admit cards are not visible, the students can show other valid identity proofs and sit for the paper.

About 15,000 candidates have qualified for the mains this year. As against a record number of 9,45,908 candidates who had applied for the exam, about 4.63 lakh wrote the preliminary test on August 23.

Sources: (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/home/education/news/No-paper-admit-cards-for-civil-services-main-exam-UPSC/articleshow/50157675.cms)

(http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/no-paper-admit-cards-for-civil-services-main-exam-upsc/article7983141.ece)

 

No paper admit card will be issued for this year's civil service main examination Image source: www.business-standard.com
No paper admit card will be issued for this year’s civil service main examination
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English marks not to be considered for merit list: CSAT row

 

New Delhi: In an attempt to relieve the students on a warpath, the Modi government has announced that English marks in the Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT) would not be considered for evaluation of the merit list and those who appeared for CSAT examinations in 2011 will be allowed for one more attempt in 2015.
In this attempt to partially settle the issue, Jitendra Singh Minister of State said in the Rajya Sabha that “the exams have been thus made language neutral.”

However, unsatisfied Members of Parliament from the non-Hindi speaking state pointed out that the decision was biased towards the regional languages. “Students from south India may be understanding English better than Hindi. What about them,” said Vayalar Ravi of the Congress accompanied by members from other non-Hindi speaking states.

Facing flak in the Parliament as this issue has several times in the past, P Rajeeve of the Communist Party of India-Marxist said, “The question paper for UPSC must be in all national languages, why only Hindi and English?”

Reluctant to clear the air Jitendra Singh said, “The government has studied the matter very deeply and tried to handle it sensitively.”

Even though there is some temporary relief for the students, long term tough questions have still been unresolved. Hindi-medium aspirants claim say that the English section makes up for almost 22 marks out of 200 (CSAT-II) which puts them at a disadvantage due to their backgrounds. They also claim that the Hindi translations are so poor that it is impossible to comprehend let alone score in them.

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