February 5, 2021: On February 5, 2021, the centre decided to grant an ex-gratia that is the one-time restricted relaxation in the total number of attempts allowed for the UPSC Civil Service Prelims Exam. ASG Raju, who's representing the center, replied to the Supreme Court by stating that the center has agreed to grant an extra attempt to those who have skipped or missed the exam, however, it has not agreed to grant another year for the same.
It has been announced that the candidates who have reached the number of attempts allowed but are within the permissible age limits will be eligible to get another chance to take up the UPSC CSE Prelims 2021 Exam. It is stated that this is a one-time ex-gratia offer by the Centre and will not be considered as a general rule.
As the reply from the center had conditions, the Supreme Court has asked for copies of the reply from the center to share it with all the advocates. Thus, this matter has been adjourned for Monday, i.e on February 8, 2021.
Meanwhile, the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) is planning to release the UPSC Prelims 2021 Exam Notification on February 10, 2021 on its official UPSC website. Therefore, the Supreme Court is expected to announce the verdict on the case for an extra attempt in UPSC exams before the UPSC Civil Service Prelims 2021 exam notification is released.
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