“The Persian and Arabic language not being a part of the languages included in the eight schedule of the Constitution of India, therefore do not figure in the list of language subjects for Civil Services examination,” the Minister said.
In a written reply to the Lok Sabha, Narayanasamy said a committee under the chairmanship of former UGC Chairman Prof Arun S Nigavekar has recommended to Commission to keep the literatures of those languages in the list of subjects to be available as an optional in the scheme of Civil Services (main) Examination, which are presently included in the eight schedule to the Constitution, besides English. The recommendation was approved by the government.
Since, Persian and Arabic languages are not included in the eight schedule of the Constitution of India, so it does not figure in the Civil Services Examination. Presently, there is no proposal to review the above decision,” the Minister said.