Wearing a mask or any suitable face cover is mandatory for appearing in the UPSC IAS Prelims 2020 exam which will be held on October 4, 2020. Candidates are also allowed to bring their own hand sanitizers as well in small transparent bottles. However, if the bottles does not meet the prescribed standards by UPSC, they will not be allowed to carry it into the exam hall. Read more about UPSC Prelims 2020 rules here
The IAS exam is held every year in three stages- Prelims, Mains and Interview. It is conducted to select eligible candidates for IAS, IFS and IPS designations. This year, after being postponed several times due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the UPSC IAS Prelims for 2020 will be finally held on October 4, 2020 while adhering to all the precautionary measures against the pandemic. Hence, as per the rules of the exam, candidates must wear a mask or they will not be allowed into the venue. Candidate have to maintain social distancing in the exam venue and personal hygiene as well.
Besides the rule regarding wearing a mask, candidates have to bring the photo ID proof whose number is mentioned in the admit card or which was submitted by the aspirant during the application process. Entry and exit to the venue will be conducted while maintaining social distancing and will be closed 10 minutes before the exam this year. This means, the candidates will not be allowed to enter the venue after the exam has started.
A regular analog watch is allowed inside the exam hall but any watch with additional features will not be allowed. Apart from this, rules regarding mobile phones, and electronic gadgets remain the same. Lastly, the OMR sheet must be filled up using a black ball point pen only and no other ink or type of pen will be accepted.
*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.