DMK chief M Karunanidhi has alleged that Hindi-speaking candidates have an edge in the UPSC examinations owing to the changes made in the system in 2010.
He sought the intervention of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in extending similar benefits to Tamil-speaking students to ensure a level-playing field.
Karunanidhi sought Manmohan Singh’s intervention to ensure that questions for the Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT) were also framed in Tamil to benefit students from Tamil Nadu.
In a letter to the Prime Minister, the DMK leader said if the present system of framing questions in Hindi and English continued, the performance of students from Tamil Nadu was likely to dip further.
"The UPSC had introduced a significant change in the Civil Services Aptitude Test and questions in the new format were framed in such a way that only candidates well-versed in English will be able to answer them within the stipulated time of two hours."
"However such questions are also found translated in Hindi. So candidates who are conversant in Hindi can understand the questions easily by reading its Hindi version," Karunanidhi said.