• UPSC’s new pattern threatens to kill rural IAS dream in Gujarat
     March 9th, 2013     Kunal     Posted in Events in Gujarat, Government Jobs, GPSC, Gujarat in News

    upseThe new pattern and the changes in the exam announced by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) on Tuesday will kill the civil services dream of many Gujarati aspirants, especially from the rural areas which constitute at least 60% of the aspirants who have been working hard to crack the UPSC exam.

    Experts say that in the past five years, 85 students have cleared the civil services exam through theSardar Patel Institute of PublicAdministration. Of this, at least 50 had taken Gujarati literature as their main paper.

    What’s more, it is only since the past five years that the Gujarati students have started cracking the UPSC exams with greater confidence and nearly 60% of these aspirants belonged to rural areas and were propelled by their humble backgrounds to make it big in the world of babudom.

    Former director of Schools of Linguistics in the Gujarat University, Yogendra Vyas, said that most of the Gujarati medium students in the state pursue graduation in science, commerce, arts, engineering and even medical science in English medium which is the most favored medium of higher education in the state.

    “However, confidence of Gujarati students in English is less which propels them to pursue Gujarati literature as the main subject in the UPSC exams. Experts in the Gujarati literature subject are easily available in the state and the exhaustive material is also available which makes preparing for and cracking the UPSC exameasier,” said Vyas.

    It needs mention that there was a major angst among the students preparing for UPSC exams in Gujarat when the changes in the UPSC pattern were announced. The changed rules will close down linguistic concessions offered by the UPSC to all vernacular languages including Gujarati. The new pattern is also expected to reverse the trend in the overall selection process.

    According to the new exam pattern, if an aspirant’s medium of instruction at graduation level is not Gujarati, he shall not be allowed to write exams in Gujarati. Among the major changes to be introduced this year is that score of the English language paper will be taken into account in the final selection for top jobs. Earlier, candidates had to qualify in English and another language paper. But, the score in these two language papers was counted for the short-listing. Another restrictive provision is that a Gujarati candidate cannot opt for Gujarati literature as optional subject, if the candidate has not graduated in it.

    These changes, experts say, will be a major hurdle for the aspirants from Gujarat as in the past a number of students who had pursued engineering and even medicine has cleared UPSC by pursuing Gujarati literature.

    Deepak Jhala, an electronics and communication engineer from Vallabh Vidyanagar had taken Gujarati literature in the UPSC and has ranked at 749. He had qualified for Indian Revenue Services (IRS). Similarly, Dr K R Vaghela, a native of Singarva village in who was an MBBS, had also pursued Gujarati literature and cleared the IAS. Leena Patil, an BAMS graduate, had qualified for IPS by cracking UPSC exams with Gujarati literature.