The Union government has indicated that it will go ahead with the civil services aptitude test (CSAT)—the preliminary examination for recruiting civil servants—in its current format. It is a decision from which it should not back off.
The hue and cry over CSAT—with Hindi-speaking aspirants protesting on the streets in Delhi—is unwarranted. The CSAT tests very basic, school-level skills, including English comprehension. Surely all civil servants ought to have them? Demanding a relaxation—slyly couched in terms of a language controversy—is unacceptable.
In India it is easy to “relax” anything and everything; one just needs to have sufficient numbers on the streets to create a law-and-order problem. The civil service, originally an apolitical institution, has been so twisted by political interference that any more tinkering will leave it wholly useless. Governing India well requires its strengthening, not weakening.