January 12, 2021: Supreme Court of India has requested the central government to prepare instructions for an extra attempt for UPSC Prelims 2021, and submit it to the concerned authority by Next Friday. Supreme Court bench, Justice AM Khanwilkar heard the plea for candidates requesting an extra attempt in UPSC Prelims Exam 2021. As a result, the Solicitor General representing the Union Public Service Commission stated that the matter is being considered by the authority.
Petitioner, Sr. Adv. Mukul Rohatgi stated that many applicants who registered for UPSC Prelims Exam 2020, which was conducted in October 2020, were unable to appear for the exam due to coronavirus pandemic, and lockdown restrictions.
Earlier, the Government representative, ASG SV Raj requested the authority for adjournment till the first week of February, as the plea is under active consideration.
“It shouldn’t happen that the last date of filling forms goes by. By next Friday, you should have the instructions. Start preparing, Mr. Rohatgi,” added the bench. The consideration has been put in for adjourned for now.
Additionally, the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) is set to start the registration process for UPSC Prelims Exam 2021 for eligible applicants from February 10, 2021.
An extra attempt will be given to those applications whose last attempt to appear for UPSC Exam was in the year 2020.
Practitioners have also requested relaxation in UPSC exam attempts allowed or in the upper age limit, for which decision is yet to be taken by the exam authority.
As per UPSC Exam 2020 rules, eligible applicants are allowed a maximum of 6 attempts for appearing in the examination.
Applicants who registered for UPSC Civil Service Exam 2020 and could not appear for the exam as they were working as frontline COVID-19 warriors have requested the exam authority to provide relaxation in the upper age limit so that they can reappear for examination.
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