No, CAPF constable (GD) exam is not conducted in 13 regional languages for the first time in 2024.

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CAPF exam being conducted in 13 regional languages for first time

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The exams for CAPF GD constables are scheduled to take place in 128 cities across the nation from February 20 to March 7. Around 48 lakh candidates are expected to write this exam. Every year, the admit cards for this examination will be made available on the respective URLs of the Central region, Eastern, region Karnataka Kerala region, Madhya Pradesh region, North Eastern region, Northern region, North Western region, Southern region, and Western regions. On February 7th, the North Western region’s first phase exam admit card was made available. Other regions will also be revealed soon.

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Meanwhile, Union Home Minister Amit Shah posted on X congratulating the CAPF GD candidates. ” In a historic move, the Constable (GD) examination for recruitment in the CAPFs will be conducted in 13 regional languages besides Hindi and English, which 48 lakh candidates will take. It is a decisive step towards realizing PM Modi Ji’s vision to facilitate the faculties of our youth force with the power of their mother languages. I wish all the best to the candidates for the examination”, reads the X post.

Multiple mainstream media outlets including The Hindu, Hindustan Times, Times of India, Money Control, ABP Live Tamil Nadu, and Deccan Herald reported that CAPF exam is being conducted in 13 regional languages for the first time.

What’s the Truth ?

Computer-based exams are typically held by the Central Staff Selection Commission for Constable (GD) positions in the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF), SSF, and NIA, and Rifleman GD positions in the Assam Rifles. Three phases will comprise this assessment: the Computer Based Test (CBT), the Physical Eligibility Test (PET) also known as the Physical Standard Test (PST), and the Medical Test (MT).

When searching for the most recent notification available on the official website, ssc.nic.in, for 2024, we found that the exam is being conducted in 13 languages besides English and Hindi. The exam has 4 sections (A, B, C and D) with 40 marks each. Only section D mentions Hindi or English as the subject which candidates would write either in Hindi or in English.

It added “All questions will be of Objective Multiple Choice Type. The computer based examination will be conducted in English, Hindi and in 13 Regional languages viz. (i) Assamese, (ii) Bengali, (iii) Gujarati, (iv) Kannada, (v) Konkani, (vi) Malayalam, (vii) Manipuri, (viii) Marathi, (ix) Odia, (x) Punjabi, (xi) Tamil, (xii) Telugu and (xiii) Urdu.”

With further search, a notice dated 2013 on the Recruitment of Constables(GD) in CAPFs and Rifleman (GD) in Assam Rifles clarifies that the exam was conducted using OMR sheet in 13 regional languages. The same was followed in 2015.

It was declared in 2016 that computer-based tests would replace the written SSC exams. Consequently, the announcements for the tests in 2016 and 2017 stated that they would only be conducted in Hindi and English. It is stated in the exam notification released from 2018 to 2023 that this exam would only be conducted in Hindi and English. There were several requests for these tests to be conducted in the official languages of the state. As a result, the regional languages are now linked just as before.

The written CAPF GD constable test was offered in 13 regional languages even before the BJP administration came to power. 2016 saw the changeover to a computer system, and since then the exam has been conducted only in English/Hindi. In 2024, it is informed that the exam will be conducted in 13 regional languages.

Media outlets such as The Hindu, Hindustan Times, Times of India, Money Control, ABP live Tamil Nadu, and Deccan Herald have incorrectly stated that the exam will be conducted in 13 regional languages for the first time in 2024, without knowing the facts.

Conclusion

It is found that the media’s claim that the Central Armed Forces Constable exam is now being conducted for the first time in 13 regional languages is untrue.

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