Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), which conducts Civil Services Examination (CSE), has announced some important changes in its exam format. As per new format, there will be 4 stages instead of 3. A new stage named Political Affiliation Test (PAT) will be introduced and it would be sandwiched between “Mains exam” and “Interview round”:
1. Stage I : Preliminary examination
2. Stage II : Main examination
3. Stage III : Political Affiliation Test (PAT)
4. Stage IV : Personality Test (Interview)
PAT is aimed at testing the “candidate’s skill to identify the political affiliation of any person/group” by observing their behavior. PAT will comprise 10 case-lets. In each such case, the behavior of an entity will be described and a candidate has to identify which political party that entity resembles(Ruling party or opposition party). After acquiring this skill, it is expected that the person(i.e. IAS/IPS officer) may put some restraints on oneself and may not take any distasteful action against an entity who are affiliated to the ruling party. This way, the person will save oneself from getting suspended.
When our correspondent contacted UPSC chairman, D. P. Agrawal, he confirmed the development.
On being asked what measures UPSC is going to take to avoid any future confrontations between the ruling party and IAS/IPS officer of region, Mr. Agrawal said “We are closely analyzed the UP IAS suspension incident and its repercussions. I believe for succeeding in a professional life, it is not just knowledge of history, geography, public admin, etc that matters . Rather, one should also need to have a knack to identify the political affiliation of all the
criminals LDSEs — Law-defying-social elements–(who do selfless service of testing the law-enforcement efficacy by their act). Had our IAS/IPS officer mastered this knack ,this suspension incident could have been avoided. This incident has jolted Civil services aspirants to their core. In order to keep the interest in Civil Services profession alive, we have come up with this new format. So, now onwards any inaction on LDSEs would be morally acceptable as long as they are affiliated to the ruling party.”
When asked whether such immediate reaction is indeed justified (citing, only less than 1% segment of IAS/IPS officers’ action causes such hostile environment, rest other 99% segment are already staying in harmony with LDSEs), Agarwal said “The 99% segment managed to achieve this feat only after a long “gestation period”. During this gestation period, they fought their internal battle of “staying donkey (read honest)” or “establishing a harmonical relationship with LDSEs”. By this exam format change, we are trying to minimize the duration of the gestation period. Sooner they all understand the significance of staying in harmony with LDSEs, the better.”