Compulsory language papers in UPSC
For many aspirants preparing for the UPSC Civil Services Examination, the language papers may not seem as important as the other papers. However, this is a common misconception that can lead to disastrous consequences. Also, the language papers are not only compulsory but also qualifying in nature. Hence, it means that the marks obtained in these papers will not be counted for the final merit ranking. Nonetheless, they are still crucial as they determine whether the candidate will be able to appear for the other papers. TRead along to know about compulsory language papers in UPSC exam here.
Why pay attention to compulsory language papers?
UPSC aspirants must note that failure to secure the minimum qualifying marks in the language papers can lead to disqualification from the examination. Also, the marks obtained in the other papers will not be revealed. Consequently, the candidate will lose not only an attempt but also the opportunity to learn where they stand in terms of the other subjects. Therefore, it is important to give the language papers the respect they deserve and work towards qualifying in them.
The English language paper is compulsory for all candidates, while the regional (Indian) language paper is compulsory for all candidates except those hailing from Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, and Meghalaya. Both papers are for three hours and make up a total of 300 marks each. Candidates have to score at least 75 marks (25%) in both of these papers to qualify.
Previous statistics of language papers
It is worth noting that many aspirants, including those with a strong command of the language, have failed in these papers. Also, in 2011, 705 candidates out of the 11,200 candidates were disqualified for failing to score the minimum marks in the language papers. About half of the disqualified candidates had failed the English paper. Also, 272 candidates failed to make the cut in the Hindi paper. Similarly, in 2010, out of 11,865 candidates, 1,264 had failed in the language papers, constituting about 10% of the total candidates.
Tips to prepare
To avoid such scenarios, aspirants should prepare well for the language papers. They can practice grammar, vocabulary, comprehension, and essay writing to improve their language and writing skills. Reading newspapers, magazines, and books in the language of choice can also help improve language skills. Aspirants should also take mock tests to assess their preparation level and identify areas that require improvement.
Aspirants should not take the language papers lightly and should work towards qualifying in them. Failure to secure the minimum qualifying marks in the language papers can lead to disqualification. Consequently, this can be a huge setback for the aspirant’s career aspirations. Therefore, civil services aspirants must give the language papers the attention they deserve and prepare well to ace them.