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There is no proposal to conduct recruitment exams held by the Staff Selection Commission (SSC) only in Hindi, the government told Parliament on Wednesday.
“The medium of examinations conducted by Staff Selection Commission is normally Hindi and English. However, Paper-II of Multi-Tasking [non-technical] Staff Examination is conducted in all the languages included in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution.  There is no proposal to conduct the examinations of SSC only in Hindi,” the Minister of State for Home Affairs Ajay Kumar Mishra said in Rajya Sabha in response to a question from CPI(M) MP A.A. Rahim.
The SSC recruits personnel in Group B posts in various ministries and departments of the Government of India and their attached offices in the pay scales of up to ₹10,500, and non-technical Group C posts.
 The Eighth Schedule includes a total of 22 Indian languages.
The Minister also said that while the UPSC preliminary examination has multiple-choice objective type questions in Hindi and English, in the Civil Services (Mains) examination, candidates have the option to write answers in any regional language, except in case of language and literature papers.
According to some media reports, the report of the Committee of Parliament on Official Language presented by Home Minister Amit Shah to President Droupadi Murmu in September recommended Hindi as a compulsory medium of instruction in educational institutions such as Kendriya Vidyalayas, IITs and Central universities, as well as replacing compulsory English papers with Hindi ones in government recruitment exams.
This prompted strong comments from various quarters including Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.K. Stalin, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan as well as CPI(M) who called these proposals as antithetical to the federal principles of Constitution that would harm the multi-lingual fabric of the country.
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