UPSC Exams Can’t Be Postponed
The UPSC refused to postpone Its exams scheduled on October 4 over the coronavirus crisis while during hearing in a supreme court .
The court today asked the UPSC to file its affidavit by tomorrow and will hear the case again on October 23.
The exam, which was earlier scheduled on May 31, was rescheduled to October 4 due to the pandemic.
20 civil services aspirants had approached the Supreme Court, seeking for the crucial exam to be deferred by two to three months due to the flood situation in several parts of the country as well as COVID-19.
The aspirants said that the civil services exam, being a recruitment examination, is completely different from an academic examination and in the event of its postponement, there would not be any question of delay or loss of any academic session.
One of the petitioners, the father of a candidate, told the court that his son is an officer with the government and that due to heavy work load because of Covid, he was unable to take leave and prepare for the exam, whereas the others managed to stay home and prepare well.
Several other important exams, including the NEET medical entrance exam and the JEE for admission to the IITs, which too were postponed due to COVID-19, have already been held.