January 25, 2021: The Supreme Court of India ordered the Union Government of India to not release UPSC 2021 notification till a final decision is taken on ‘seeking extra attempt’ is made.
The final decision on the plea is in the process. A hearing will also take place on January 28, 2021. Another date is also provided to the petitioner in this context to present their opinion before the Union Government.
The Union Government however had a disagreement and stated that candidates who got affected by Coronavirus or were in quarantine for the same reason must not be provided with extra attempts.
The Central Government in its decision highlighted that the UPSC IAS Prelims exam was rescheduled and got delayed by three months. They were given ample time to study and carry safety precautions against the COVID infection. Adding to it, they have sent an affidavit to the apex court regarding the same matter.
Further justifying, the Union Government mentioned that with effect from June 1, 2020 the lockdown was lifted. With this, there was some freedom of movement provided to the people. Apart from this, in October 2020 most of the lockdown and movement restrictions were released. So there is no point in giving an extra attempt or chance for the UPSC IAS 2021 Prelims exam.
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