Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) told the Supreme Court that the UPSC civil services exam scheduled on October 4 cannot be postponed over Covid 19 pandemic. The Supreme Court was hearing a plea seeking the postponement of upcoming Civil Services (prelims) Exam’ 20. Twenty civil services aspirants had approached the top court with a request to put off UPSC exam.
The exam, which was earlier scheduled on May 31, was rescheduled to October 4 due to Covid 19.
A bench presided over by Justice A M Khanwilkar has asked the UPSC counsel to furnish reasons for not postponing the exam and also sought an affidavit by tomorrow. Court will hear the case again on October 23.
Twenty civil services aspirants had approached the Supreme Court, seeking postponement of the crucial exams by two to three months due to Covid 19 pandemic and flood situation in several parts of the country.
According to the plea, approximately six lakh aspirants will be taking this exam in 72 cities across the country.
The petitioners said that 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. They said holding the exams at a such a time is nothing else but putting lives of lakhs of young students at utmost risk and danger of disease and death.
Several other important exams, including NEET and JEE which too were postponed due to COVID-19, have already been held.