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Marks of English Language skills will not be counted for gradation: UPSC

The UPSC has informed that marks of questions on English Language Comprehension Skills, asked in second paper of civil services (preliminary) examination, will not be included for gradation.

The union government has decided that for the civil services (preliminary) examination, 2014 to be held on August 24, this section on English Language Comprehension Skills (Class X Level) will not count for gradation or merit.

Candidates must, therefore, note that they do not have to answer these questions. 

Important instructions from the Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT); Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination, 2014:-

  • The Paper II of the CSE (Preliminary) is of 200 marks and 2 hours duration. It contains a section on English Language Comprehension Skills (Class X Level). It contains some questions based on a few paragraphs in English.
  • The Union Government has decided that for the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination, 2014 to be held on August 24, 2014, this section on English Language Comprehension Skills (Class X Level) will not count for gradation or merit.
  • The Paper-II would have a section on English Language Comprehension Skills (Class X Level). Candidates must therefore note that they do not have to answer the questions on this English Language Comprehension Skills (Class X Level) section. These questions will not be evaluated.
  • The duration of the Paper II would remain 2 hours and candidates can utilize the entire time in answering all questions except those in the Section containing English Language Comprehension Skills (Class X Level).
  • The maximum marks for Paper II would be “200 minus the marks earmarked for the English Language Comprehension Skills (Class X Level)”.
  • Section on English Language Comprehension Skills (Class X Level) would not count towards gradation or merit. Even if they attempt it, marks will not be counted for gradation or merit.

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Govt re-launches Varishtha Pension Bima Yojana

The Central Government has re-launched the Varishtha Pension Bima Yojana, for the benefit of citizens aged 60 years and above. The scheme will provide financial security to almost half a million senior citizens of the country by ensuring regular income during old age.

The scheme will benefit the vulnerable section of society with limited resources as it will provide monthly pension ranging from Rs 500 to 5,000 per month to senior citizens of the country. The Scheme will be administrated by the Life Insurance Corporation, LIC.

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Singapore to help India in 100 ‘Smart Cities’ project

India SingaporeIndia has join hands with Singapore to get its expertise in building ‘Smart Cities’ even as the two nations decided to ramp up economic engagement besides defence and security cooperation. Recently, India allocated over Rs 7,000 crore in its Budget 2014-15 for development of 100 ‘Smart Cities’.

The new Budget presented by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley enunciated the concept of ‘smart cities’ as satellite towns of larger ones and allocated a sum of Rs 7,060 crore for the ambitious project.

India is likely to benefit from Singapore’s expertise in smart cities, urban planning and water management strategies.

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