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Civil Services Exams Cannot Be Postponed Over Covid, UPSC Tells Supreme Court

Seeking for the crucial exam to be deferred by two to three months due to the flood situation in several parts of the country as well as COVID, 20 civil services aspirants had approached the Supreme Court.

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) today told the apex court that the civil services exam scheduled on October 4 cannot be postponed over the coronavirus crisis. In the hearing of a request seeking the postponement of the civil services exam, the UPSC was answering the supreme court.

The central recruiting agency for appointments to and exams for various civil services of the government, UPSC, was asked by the supreme court to file its affidavit by tomorrow and it will hear the case again on October 23.

Due to the pandemic, the exam that was earlier scheduled for March 31 was postponed till Oct 4.

Seeking for the crucial exam to be deferred by two to three months due to the flood situation in several parts of the country as well as COVID, 20 civil services aspirants had approached the Supreme Court.

The civil services exam, being a recruitment examination, is completely different from an academic examination and in the event of its postponement, there would not be any question of delay or loss of any academic session, the aspirants told the court.

The petitioners also stressed that conducting exams in such a situation  “is nothing else but putting lives of lakhs of young students (including petitioners herein) at utmost risk and danger of disease and death”.

The Father of a candidate, who’s one of the petitioners, told the court that his son is an officer with the government and that due to heavy work load because of Covid, he was unable to take leave and prepare for the exam, whereas the others managed to stay home and prepare well.

NEET medical entrance exam and the JEE for admission to the IITs including several other important exams were held after being postponed earlier.

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