The Supreme Court has asked the Centre to consider giving the UPSC aspirants a one-time relaxation on the age limit. This move is suggested for students who have given their examinations in the year 2020. The COVID 19 pandemic has made uncertain and unusual circumstances for the students.
It is for the civil aspirants who appeared for their last attempt of UPSC in the 2020 exam and they are otherwise not age- barred. The supreme court asked the Centre on February 5 to think about giving an extra chance to the aspiring UPSC students and give them one-time relaxation.
Moreover, the apex court specifically mentioned that the relaxation is not for the candidates appearing in the 2021 exam who have not yet finished their permissible number of attempts added to the ones who are age barred from appearing for the exam of 2021 after going through the maximum age limit in various categories and for any other reason.
The hearing was held on Monday before a bench comprised of Justices Dinesh Maheshwari and AM Khanwilkar. The counsel which appeared for the petitioners highlighted the fact that the civil aspirants were facing a ‘difficulty concerning age bar’. The counsel mentioned that it is affecting the aspirants belonging to the categories of persons with a disability, Scheduled Castes, and Scheduled tribes. It says that the one-time relaxation will benefit them.