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SC Hears on Age-Barred Candidates Seeking for Extra Attempt; the Court Reserves Judgement

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Feb 9, 2021

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February 9, 2021: The Supreme Court conducted a hearing on February 9, 2021 regarding the decision to grant an extra chance to age-barred candidates for appearing in UPSC civil services exams 2021. On the same note, the apex court has reserved its judgment. 

In the hearing Advocate Naresh Kaushik stated that lateral entry for UPSC exams for the position of director is over 40 whereas for joint secretary level, it is above 50. For further clarity, the Court asked UPSC or the central government to provide the lateral entry age criteria. 

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Several candidates quoted that they were unable to appear for the exams due to the COVID-19. Furthermore, there were many who were working as helpers during the tough times. Previously, the apex court decided to give extra chances to the candidates who failed to appear in the UPSC prelims exam on October 4, 2020.

The candidates who were unable to appear for the October 4 attempt were given the option of opting out. This was their last attempt, so they sought an extra chance. 

For the age criteria, general aspirants are allowed 6 attempts for the IAS exam till the age of 32 years. The OBC candidates are provided 9 attempts till the age of 35 years while SC/ST candidates do not have any fixed limit on the number of attempts till the age of 37 years. If the SC takes the decision in the favour of age-barred candidates, then it is expected to benefit 2000 candidates. 

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