New Delhi, September 28 | Supreme Court on Monday September 28 took up the plea for UPSC Prelims 2020 Postponement but the hearing on the matter has been deferred to Wednesday September 30.
Adv. Naresh Kaushik appeared for the UPSC. He stated that it is impossible to postpone the examination. Justice Khanwilkar asksed him to submit an affidavit listing the reasons why the examination cannot be postponed. The matter adjourned, to be taken up on Wednesday.
Supreme Court was hearing the plea filed by Vasireddy Govardhana Sai Prakash and 20 other UPSC aspirants seeking a postponement of the examination by 2 to 3 months in view of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as due to natural calamities such as floods in several areas across the Country.
A two judge bench of Justices AM Khanwilkar and Sanjiv Khanna had agreed to hear the plea and also permitted the petitioner to serve an advance copy of the petition on the Standing Counsel for the UPSC as well as the Central Agency representing the Union of India.
UPSC Prelims 2020 Postponement – Petition
The plea stated, “Conducting the aforesaid examination across India at such perilous time, is nothing else but putting lives of lakhs of young students (including Petitioners herein) at utmost risk and danger of disease and death”.
They had further stated that the UPSC’s revised calendar violates the rights of petitions and like them others under Article 19 (1) (g) of the Constitution to practice their chosen profession/occupation of serving the public.
The plea further added that as the civil services exam is a recruitment examination, there would not be any delay or loss of any academic progress. The petition urged for the postponement of the exam stating that many aspirants are facing “unimaginable hardship” or “unsafe health conditions”.
According to the plea, UPSC civil Services examination is a seven hours long Offline exam, which will be taken by approximately six lakh aspirants at test centres in 72 cities across the country and the examination authority has not yet done anything to increase the number of centers for appearing in the examination conveniently.
They had also countered the concerns of the frontline workers such as doctors, who have been serving and confined to containment zones. It emphasised that such people may not be able to appear for the examination, without any fault of theirs.
The Civil Services exam was earlier scheduled to be held on May 31, 2020 but was postponed due to a pandemic situation. The UPSC had released a revised schedule for the examination on June 6, in the view of the situation in the Country.
About UPSC Civil Services Exam
The Civil Services Examination (CSE) is a nationwide competitive examination in India conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) for recruitment to various Civil Services of the Government of India, including the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS), and Indian Police Service (IPS).
Also simply referred to as the UPSC examination, it is conducted in three phases – a preliminary examination consisting of two objective-type papers (General Studies Paper I and General Studies Paper II also popularly known as Civil Service Aptitude Test or CSAT), and a main examination consisting of nine papers of conventional (essay) type, in which two papers are qualifying and only marks of seven are counted followed by a personality test (interview).
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