UPSC Topper Scored Less Than 59 Others In Personality Test

By: Lalitha, 2016-05-21 06:00:00.0Category:  Issues & Concerns
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Tina Dabi, the political science graduate from Delhi’s Lady Sri Ram College topped the three-stage exam due to her score in the written exam. She had 868 out of 1750 marks, the highest this year. This comes to 49.6%. But, an analysis of the marksheets shows there were 59 other candidates who scored better than Dabi’s 195 in the personality test. Even though she retained her top position in the final tally due to her marks in the written exam. The personality test carries 275 marks, and the large variation in its scores has a great impact on the final merit list.

Yogesh Kumbhejkar scored the second-highest in the written exam but ended up with the eighth rank overall due to his less-than-impressive score of 138 in the personality test. There were only three candidates who secured over 50% marks, the figure shows the stringent assessment standards for getting into the elite public services. Contrast this with India’s school-leaving exams where securing more than 90% is common place, and toppers often score close to 100%. And to make sure, UPSC moderates the marks to ensure candidates do not lose out because some examiners were more liberal than others. A second round of moderation prevents aspirants appearing in a particular subject, say mathematics, from crowding out those who opted for subjects where it is difficult to score.

Tina Dabi’s performance also illustrates how the gap in marks secured by candidates from the unreserved and reserved categories had narrowed down. This year, the cut-off for a general candidate to make it past was 43.3% as against 40% for a SC candidate, 39.55% for an ST and 41.67% for candidates from other backward classes. For many civil service aspirants this can be a let down. Tina Dabi's success also created a debate whether reserved category should still exist as many believe her family was using the reservations for at least three generations.

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