Wednesday, August 6, 2014

CSAT 'Issue'


‘Govt cheated us’

The aspirants feel "cheated" by the government's decision to exclude English language comprehension marks from the CSAT paper, while preparing the merit list for the civil services examination.

"We are not satisfied with Singh's speech regarding CSAT. We demand complete scrapping of CSAT. We have decided to continue our fight," said Pawan, an UPSC aspirant who has been leading the protest.

He said this was not what the protesters have been demanding.

"We never asked the BJP-led government to modify CSAT pattern. Instead, our demand is to abolish this test for the welfare of lakhs of students who have studied in Hindi medium," he added.

The students who have been protesting said their demands of scrapping CSAT exam, which was introduced in 2011, and postponing the Aug 24 preliminary exam remain unfulfilled.

"We were assured that the CSAT will be done away with, but the minister's statement talks nothing about it. Instead, they have cheated us by deciding to not consider the marks for English comprehension," said Subhankar Vats, a civil service aspirant from Jharkhand.

Ashish, another aspirant, expressed unhappiness over the government allowing another attempt in 2015 only to those candidates who wrote the exam in 2011.

"The government has said that those who appeared in 2011 would be allowed another attempt next year, but what about us? How will we take exams on Aug 24 when for the last few months we have been on the streets," Ashish said.

"Though CSAT is called an aptitude test, there are only six aptitude questions in it and the maximum questions are from mathematics and reasoning. So that puts students with non-science background at a disadvantage," he said.


So, basically the assholes 'aspirants' want CSAT to be scrapped altogether because Hindi medium educated students find it unfair/disadvantageous bla bla. That seems to be the primary issue, and we will return to this in a minute.

Another asshole 'aspirant' has mentioned that he wasn't able to prepare for the 24-08-2014 exam because he has been on the streets 'protesting' for the last few months. Hmmm… Interesting. So, the government should be held responsible for you wasting your few months protesting and not preparing?

The CSAT wasn't introduced yesterday or a few months ago. It was introduced in 2011. So the only 'aspirants' who would have been taken by surprise or experienced difficulty because of this would have been the ones appearing in 2011. From then on, all 'aspirants' were aware of this change and would've prepared accordingly. A worthy aspirant with some potential wouldn't be wasting his time wanking off on the streets and calling it a protest. He would be preparing.

You decided not to prepare, in the hope that it will be scrapped. You are free to hope for whatever you want, but you can't blame the government if things don't work out the way you hoped they would. That's nothing but you being an idiot (and a wanker).

'Maximum questions are from mathematics and reasoning. So that puts students with non-science background at a disadvantage' - Yes, there are questions related to mathematics and reasoning. BUT it is basic mathematics and not advanced maths. There won't be questions on advanced calculus - integration/differentiation. You won't be tested for Matrices and Determinants.

Not being from a science-background would make no difference to your ability to answer these questions (if you were to think about it or were capable of thinking to begin with), because schools (even Hindi medium) do teach basic mathematics till the 10th grade after which you select your stream (science or non-science). Are you going to argue that basic algebra, counting, multiplication, subtraction, division is taught only to students with a science background (which would be in Year 11). Seriously?

As far as reasoning is concerned… well that isn't related to science/non-science background at all! Given that an 'aspirant' has come up with this ridiculous statement, shows that he doesn't possess any reasoning ability whatsoever.

Now, returning to the primary issue - Students educated in the Hindi medium seem to feel a disadvantage… ok. So it is a language issue then? Fine. Would it be acceptable if you were given a free foundation course in the English language? Wouldn't that be a better solution?

Logically, this makes more sense because - You wouldn't feel at a disadvantage anymore, not just for this exam… but even other fields / countries where English is used. Wouldn't it make more sense to get you up to the standard as opposed to bringing down the overall standard and causing confusion for everyone else in the process?

You may not realise this (evidently), but Hindi isn't the only language in India and the non-Hindi speaking 'aspirants' would be at a disadvantage too. You picking up some basic English would actually make it a level field for everyone and not just for you. Be reasonable… or is that also beyond your capability?

Why not do the sensible thing? Take a foundation course in English or demand the government sponsors one for you. Bridge the gap. Problem solved.

Now… if the government was actually interested in resolving the issue, they would have proposed some thing along these lines… and not the nonsense that they have decided on.

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