January 25, 2021: The Supreme Court has decided to hear a plea from the UPSC aspirants who have missed their UPSC exam due to the pandemic covid-19 circumstances. In the plea, the aspirants have sought the help of the SC to grant another opportunity to take up the UPSC Civil Service Examination.
Last week, the centre stated that it was not in the favor of granting another opportunity to the CSE aspirants who have failed to appear in the last UPSC CSE 2020 exam.
Justice A.M. Khanwilkar who headed the bench had taken note of the submissions of the Additional Solicitor General S.V. Raju, who appeared on the behalf of the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) on January 22, who had asked the government to file an affidavit in this regard.
The law officer told the bench that they're not ready to give another opportunity to such CSE aspirants who were unable to appear for the UPSC Civil Service Exam. Also, an affidavit will be filed and as per the instruction received, granting another chance is not agreeable.
The bench also comprised Justices Krishna Murai and BR Gavai who had directed the law officer to submit the copy of the affidavit to the counsel of CSE aspirant Rachna, who had registered her plea to grant an opportunity to crack the UPSC Civil Service Examination.
Tushar Mehta, the Solicitor General had already told the bench that the government was planning to issue another chance to the CSE aspirants who couldn't appear in the last attempt to crack the UPSC CSE. However, on September 30, the top court refused to postpone the UPSC CSE Prelims 2020 which was then held on October 4, 2020, owing to the pandemic and flooding in several states across India.
Later, the top court had asked the Central Government and the Union Public Service Commission to consider granting another opportunity to the candidates who otherwise have their last attempt in 2020, with corresponding extension of the upper age-limit. However, the bench then said that the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) only can take a formal decision regarding this.
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