The Ministry of Home Affairs has given its nod to conduct the Central Armed Police Forces’ constable (general duty) examination in 13 regional languages, following objections raised by leaders from Tamil Nadu, Telangana, and Karnataka. This decision was taken to encourage local youth to participate in the CAPF and promote the use of regional languages. The exam, which attracts lakhs of candidates from across the country, will be conducted from January 1, 2024, onwards in addition to Hindi and English.
The ministry also stated that constable (general duty) is one of the flagship exams conducted by the Staff Selection Commission. The decision to conduct the exam in multiple Indian languages will help improve the selection prospects of lakhs of aspirants who will now be able to take the test in their mother tongue/regional language. To facilitate the conduct of the exam in regional languages, an addendum to the existing MoU will be signed between the MHA and the Staff Selection Commission.
The ministry has called upon state/UT governments to encourage local youths to take the exam in their mother tongue and participate in large numbers to build a career in serving the country. The MHA is fully committed to the use and development of regional languages.
Earlier, leaders from Tamil Nadu, Telangana, and Karnataka had objected to the policy of conducting the exam only in English and Hindi. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin had written to Union Home Minister Amit Shah, terming the notification discriminatory and unilateral. Leaders from Telangana and Karnataka also raised similar concerns, with Karnataka Opposition leader Siddaramaiah demanding that the exam be conducted in Kannada as well.
The decision to conduct the exam in regional languages is a welcome move that will promote inclusivity and provide equal opportunities for candidates from all parts of the country.