UPSC Prelims 2020: Only 50% candidates in Lucknow attend IAS exam amid COVID-19

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Oct 5, 2020

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Less than 50% registered candidates in the capital city of Uttar Pradesh i.e. Lucknow attended the Union Public Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination 2020 amid COVID-19 pandemic.

A data released by the district magistrate’s office suggested that a total of 43,921 candidates registered for the preliminary exam of UPSC (IAS) 2020 in both shifts. 

However, out of 43,921 only 21,790 which is 49.61% of total candidates appear for the first shift of the examination and 21,607 candidates out of 43,921, which is 49.19% appeared for the second shift of the examination.

UPSC 2020: Important Dates

Date of commencement of the Examination

October 4, 2020

Duration of the Examination

2 Hours (each paper)

Last Date for Receipt of Application

March 3, 2020

Date of Upload

February 12, 2020

Date of Notification February 2, 2020

District Magistrate Abhishek Prakash visited a few examination centres to see the upkeep of the centre and its progress of the test. He made sure that all the guidelines should be followed compulsorily by the invigilators and examinee as well.

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Candidates were seated at a standard distance from each other as per the guidelines. Examinations were monitored with the help of CCTV cameras to minimize every possible way of spreading the virus.

This year’s UPSC preliminary test was earlier scheduled to be held on May 31 but was deferred due to nationwide lockdown to contain the spread of coronavirus.

Earlier a petition was submitted in supreme court regarding the merger of the 2020 and 2021 UPSC Civil Services Examination considering the risk of holding the exam amid Covid-19 pandemic.

Read: UPSC Prelims 2020 Answer Key Released

Petitioner also claimed that no respite has been offered to the people who are frontline Corona workers like doctors and administrators, who are also aspirants for the exam.

Supreme has denied the petitioner’s request considering the Ministry of education’s plea however, Supreme court has allowed an extra attempt for ones who are taking the last attempt as some of them might not appear for the exam amid Covid-19 pandemic.

Read: IAS Exam Pattern 2020, Syllabus, Marking Scheme, Compulsory Papers

About UPSC CSE 2020

The civil services examination is held annually in three stages: prelims, mains and interview by the Union Public Civil Services Commission (UPSC). 

The successful candidates are selected as officers for the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), the Indian Foreign Services (IFS) and the Indian Police Service (IPS), among others. Lakhs of aspirants take the examination every year to be a part of the country’s coveted.


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