February 1, 2021: The Supreme Court of India had a hearing on February 1, 2021 regarding the matter of providing an ‘extra attempt’ to candidates for UPSC IAS 2021 (Prelims). The case was filed by the candidates having their last attempt for IAS did not give the UPSC IAS 2020 exam due to COVID-19 scenario.
The case was moved to the Supreme Court after the Union Government turned the decision against the petitioner i,e., not providing the extra attempt for UPSC IAS 2021. The Additional Solicitor General (ASG) SV Raju appeared from the side of the Central Government informing the SC about the unacceptance of the plea. The next hearing will be held on February 5, 2021. Due to the case, UPSC is not allowed to publish any notification of UPSC IAS on their website.
Contrary to the Center’s decision, SC said that it will benefit around 2000 candidates if they accept their request for an extra attempt. Surprisingly, extra attempts have been provided in the past too despite normal conditions prevalent in the nation. If the candidates were unable to appear for the exam due to infectious COVID disease, then they must be granted extra chances.
SV Raju showed the figures of the number of candidates who will be appearing for the exam if an extra opportunity is given. Responding to this, the apex court stated that it is not asking to raise the age criteria of UPSC IAS.
Adding to this, the Court indicated that the petitioner’s statements are important in the case. It is crucial to hear both sides equally. On the behalf of petitioners, Senior Advocate Shyam Divan presented his arguments. The hearing was delayed further to 2 pm. A final hearing will be heard on February 5, 2021.
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