The plea filed by around 20 students seeking postponement of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) Civil Services Prelims 2020 examination owing to the prevalent COVID-19 pandemic has been dismissed by the supreme court.
UPSC also stated to the Supreme court that Civil Services Prelims 2021 will also be hampered if CSE 2020 is deferred any further.
Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) Civil Services Prelims 2020 examination is scheduled for 4 October 2020. The candidates who filed the plea wanted the exam to be postponed for two to three months in the wake of the pandemic situation and also issues of heavy rains and floods in various regions of different states.
The council of the UPSC had informed the Supreme court initially about the possibility and consequence of postponement of CSE 2020 over CSE 2021. They had stated that it will disrupt all other exam cycles and schedules which are yet to be conducted this year. Many among them have already been postponed due the COVID-19 pandemic.
A majority of the candidates demanding postponement of the exam are amongst those who were to appear for the exam as their last attempt. As the supreme court announced that the CSE 2020 exam will be conducted on the scheduled date only, many such candidates are demanding to be given an age relaxation if they aren’t able to take the exam due to the pandemic.
Court has asked the center to consider this request of the aspirants and take a suitable decision accordingly for all such candidates/ aspirants who will be taking the exam as their last attempt.
Being a recruitment examination and not an academic one, the students suggested and speculated that the postponement will not lead to any major effect on the academic calendar. Supreme Court dismissed the plea and decided against it. UPSC CSE 2020 exam will be held on its scheduled date i.e. 4 October 2020, only.