Not possible to postpone civil services exam: UPSC tells Supreme Court

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The civil services exam was rescheduled to October 4 due to the coronavirus pandemic. 20 civil service applicants had approached the Supreme Court, seeking the crucial pivotal exam to be adjourned by two to three months. On Monday, the Union Public Service Commission told Supreme Court that it would be impossible to defer the civil services preliminary exams

The court today asked the UPSC which is the central recruiting agency for appointments to and exams for various civil services of the government to file its affidavit by tomorrow (Tuesday) the apex court will now hear the plea on September 30.

The aspirants stated that the civil service exams being a recruitment examination, is different from an academic examination, hence its postponement would not result in any loss of academic session.

The petitioner filed by 20 UPSC aspirants argued that conducting the exams in the middle of a dangerous public health crisis was a violation of the fundamental right to life of lakhs of aspirants and that is nothing else but risking the lives of lakhs of students.

Several other important exams, including the NEET medical entrance exam and the JEE for admission to the IITs, too were postponed due to COVID-19, have already been held.

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