UPSC Exam Extra Chance: The Supreme Court will give its verdict today (24-02-2021) on the petition filed by the candidates seeking additional opportunities in the Civil Services Preliminary Examination of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). It will be clear from the decision of the Supreme Court that whether this year the candidates will be given an additional chance to appear in the UPSC Pre Examination.

Candidates seeking additional opportunity in the Civil Services Examination (Preliminary) include those who were in the role of frontline workers during the Corona (COVID-19) epidemic. These candidates had appeared in the UPSC examination during the stress of the epidemic and lost their last chance. Citing the same epidemic, the candidates had approached the Supreme Court to get an additional chance to appear in the UPSC exam.

A bench of Supreme Court judges AM Khawatilkar, Indu Malhotra and Ajay Rastogi will deliver their verdict today. Earlier on February 9, the decision was reserved after hearing the arguments of the petitioner, the central government and the UPSC.

The number of petitioners is more than 100 who have been prevented from appearing in this year’s examination due to age or maximum number of attempts. Although the central government had initially opposed the petitioners and demanded an end to the proceedings, the Center had decided to grant a one-time waiver to candidates who had exceeded their maximum number of attempts.

Candidates of general category get six chances to appear in the Civil Services Examination till the age of 32 years. On the other hand, OBC category candidates get 9 chances till the age of 35 and SC-ST candidates get unlimited opportunities till the age of 37 years.

The court had asked the central government to consider such candidates whose age has passed. The petitioners had claimed that during the Corona epidemic, they could not prepare properly for the examinations in a busy routine.

In the last hearing, the Central Government had told the Supreme Court that there are 34000 students who have completed their last attempt in the 2020 preliminary examination. So, if these candidates are given relief, then they will be eligible to appear in the Preliminary Exam 2021 and block the way for the candidates who will appear in this year’s examination. When this happens, other candidates will also demand and then it will become an endless cycle. Since this is a matter of policy making, it is left to the government to decide the extent of efforts of the candidates on the basis of course or age.

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