Odisha Government has now officially decided to allow one compensatory attempt for the aspirants to take up the Odisha Civil Services Examination (OCSE), 2020 examinations. The decision has been granted by the state government for the aspirants those who have attained the upper age limit or those who couldn't appear due to the pandemic covid-19 circumstances.
An order regarding the same will be issued by the state government administration that will be shortly released on the official website of the Odisha gazette. Also, the provisions of OCS-Combined Competitive Recruitment Exam (CCRE) rules of 1991 will be amended accordingly.
The decision was taken by the state after many of the aspirants didn't take up the OCSE prelims 2020 exam that was scheduled to be conducted amid the pandemic on March 15, 2020. Sanjeev Chopra, Principal Secretary, GA department said that several aspirants have demanded an additional chance to appear for the OCSE prelims 2020.
As per the reports, a total of 44,636 aspirants have registered for the OCSE 2019 and only 25,786 aspirants appeared for the exam.
According to one of the OCSE aspirant, the state government had announced covid-19 as a disaster on March 13 and the exam was conducted on March 15, where many of the meritorious students from rural areas couldn't appear and those who wrote the exam were not in a sound mind due to the outbreak of covid-19.
Aspirants who qualified for the OCSE prelims were supposed to take up the OCSE mains exam but they couldn't prepare for the said-exam due to the colleges, libraries, and coaching centres being closed.
Another OCSE aspirant said that they've demanded for 2 compensatory attempts for the OCSE 2020, but the state government had approved and granted 1 compensatory attempt and they welcome the decision by the state government.
Since the OPSC will soon advertise the OCSE CCRE 2020, Aspirants have given their memorandum to State CM Naveen Patnaik and Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy, OPSC authorities and other ministers.
Further, the aspirants have appealed to the state government to increase the upper age limit for the OCS CCRE 2020 from the fixed 32 years to 42 years as it has been done in many other states including Haryana, Andhra pradesh, and Telangana.
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