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‘Impossible to postpone examination any further’: UPSC tells SC

Vishnu Vasisht

The Supreme Court today heard a petition filed for postponement of UPSC Civil Service Pre Examination 2020. During this time the UPSC said that it is impossible to postpone the examination any further, because all the logistic arrangements have already been done. Now the matter will be heard on Wednesday.

A petition has been filed to postpone the examination in the country due to increasing cases due to the Coronavirus epidemic. This petition has been filed by 20 UPSC Civil Service candidates.

The UPSC Civil Service Examination is all set to be held on October 4. The Supreme Court had issued a notice on Sept 24 to the Central Government and UPSC seeking a reply.

Petitioners across the country told the court that conducting the examination at this time can pose a threat to the safety of the candidates. 6 lakh candidates are expected to appear in this examination to be held in 72 cities across the country.

The petition said that conducting examinations will endanger the lives of students. "In such a case, the revised calendar is completely inappropriate. It violates the 'right to health' and 'right to life' given in Article 21 of the Constitution," reads the petition.

The petition also states that the Civil Services Examination is a recruitment test, which is different from academic examinations. Delay in this will not delay the academic session.

The petition said that despite the fast growing cases of Coronavirus infection, UPSC has not increased the examination centers. Due to this, many candidates of rural areas will be forced to travel 300-400 km. These candidates are likely to be infected while using public transport.

Guidelines for exams
  • Mask or face cover in the exam. No candidate will be allowed to enter the examination center without a mask.
  • Examinees can also bring sanitizers in transparent bottles.
  • Candidates will also have to follow social distance in campuses with examination halls.

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