October 13, 2020: IAS candidates have filed a petition in the Supreme Court of India asking for an extra attempt in UPSC 2021 examination. The request has been made by candidates who can not appear for UPSC Civil Services Examination 2021 due to age limitations as per the UPSC eligibility criteria.
According to the petition filed by 24 candidates in the Supreme Court of India, the candidates are requesting for an extra attempt for candidates who exceeded the age limit for UPSC 2021 examination.
The reason behind filing the petition is that the candidates could not prepare for the examination due to the coronavirus pandemic. It is yet to be confirmed if the candidates were infected with coronavirus during the commencement of the UPSC examination in 2020. Earlier, the UPSC stated that such attempts can only be provided to candidates infected with COVID-19 "corona warriors" at the time of examination. The approval can only be given to candidates who could not attend the examination due to being infected with COVID-19.
In order to get an extra attempt in the UPSC 2021 examination, candidates need the approval of the Department of Personnel and training under the Ministry of Personnel. The Supreme Court Judge AM Khanwilkar has allowed hearing of the petition filed by the IAS aspirants. A copy of the petition has also been served to the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) Board of Counsel.
Candidates are now waiting for UPSC's replay on the next hearing date. The hearing will continue only after the UPSC reply to the Supreme Court of India. Earlier in the petition filed by candidates for UPSC Civil Services Examination, the Supreme Court considered giving one more examination attempt to candidates who suffered from coronavirus, but within the age limit.
With the Supreme Courts’ decision, this has given a chance for candidates to hope for an extra attempt for candidates who had the last attempt in 2020. UPSC 2020 Examination was scheduled to be conducted on October 4, 2020, in the country. More than 3 Lakh candidates appeared to give the UPSC examination despite the coronavirus situation.
The UPSC Result 2020 is yet to be released in the first week of November. The UPSC 2021 examination is now scheduled to be conducted on January 8, 2021. Candidates who wish to appear for UPSC 2021 examination have to fill up the application form to apply. For more details, check UPSC Registration 2021.
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