The UPSC Civil Services examination is easily the most
difficult and the most prestigious exam in the entire country. Any discrepancy
in it becomes a matter of national debate and is even discussed in the
This year’s UPSC Civil Services Main examination was no
different and had its own share of controversy with regards to certain
questions in the papers. In order to address the rising controversy regarding
different interpretations of certain questions, the UPSC issued a statement
saying that during the evaluation of the answer sheets, all the different
interpretations of the question would be taken into consideration.
The question which has attracted the most comments is the
one asked in the compulsory essay paper. The topic read, "If development
is not engendered, it is endangered". The Hindi translation of this topic
was very different from the English meaning of this topic.
representations have been intimated by the Commission that the question papers
are prepared and evaluated by the experts. The Commission has further informed
that it has noted there could be different interpretations of the term
'engendered' and the different acceptable interpretations would be considered
valid during the evaluation of the essay paper to protect candidates' interest,"
said Jitendra Singh, the Minister of State for Personnel, in his written reply
to the upper house of the parliament.
The civil services examination is conducted annually to
recruit officers to the grade A and grade B posts of the government and state