Mandatory Tamil Paper Draws Criticism from Tamil Nadu PSC Aspirants


Chennai:

The decision of the Tamil Nadu Civil Service Commission to include the Tamil language as a compulsory test in the examinations for government positions in Groups I, II and IIA has caught the attention of several job applicants.

Thousands of job seekers compete for a few selected positions in Tamil Nadu Groups I and II, which are considered prestigious positions in the state civil service. The State Civil Service Commission recently revised the curriculum for these exams, and as of December 25, all applicants for Groups I, II and IIA will be required to take an exam in Tamil.

While in Group I applicants are required to take the Tamil language test in the main stage only, for applicants in Groups II and IIA, applicants will be required to take the Tamil language test in both the exams preliminary and main. The exams were notified in 2019 and the TNPSC recently opted for a program update that left many candidates angry.

Speaking to IANS, K. ​​Kirubhakaran, a computer engineering graduate from a government engineering school in Madurai, said: “After the notification in 2019, I burned the midnight oil for this. exam and acquired general knowledge, skills and other compulsory papers, but suddenly PSC made some changes and included Tamil language which mainly includes Tamil literature and Tamil poetry of which I have little or no knowledge. It came like a thunderclap for job applicants.

The TNPSC included the Tamil language as a compulsory subject after the State Assembly passed a resolution in the last session, making the Tamil language test compulsory for getting a job in the state government service.

Mr Ajith, a sociology graduate who is aiming for a Group I or Group II position, told IANS that “this created a lot of problems for applicants. Although I am quite familiar with the Tamil language and literature , there are several of my friends who have an engineering background who are not familiar with the language at all and they feel that the PSC has cheated on them. “

Previously, the Group I curriculum consisted of general studies and aptitude tests for 300 points for the preliminary examination and for the main examination there were three general studies tests. However, according to the revised model, students who apply for Group I positions will have a preliminary examination comprising general studies and an aptitude test for 300 points, as was also the case previously. For the main exam, there will be three General Studies paper and one Tamil qualification paper for 100 points and students will need to score a minimum of 40 points for the other main papers to be assessed.

For group II, the preliminary examination consisted of general studies and an aptitude test for 300 points. For the main exam, there was a test for 300 points which consisted of Tamil-English translation, precise writing, comprehension, developing tips, writing essays on Thirukkural and others.

The revised syllabus for Groups I and II consists of a preliminary examination which includes general studies, general Tamil or general English, and an aptitude test for 300 points.

For the main exam, there will be a general studies test for 300 points and a Tamil test for 100 marks, which will now be compulsory for qualification purposes.

The TNPSC has, in a note, indicated that the main tests will only be assessed if the candidate passes the language test or obtains a minimum of 40 points.


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