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, because all the logistic arrangements have already been done . A 3-judge bench asked the UPSC to place this fact in an affidavit and keep it with the arrangements. Now the matter will be heard on Wednesday.
A petition has been filed to postpone UPSC Civil Services 2020 Prelims
This petition has been filed by 20 UPSC Civil Service candidates. Let us tell you that the UPSC Civil Service Examination is to be held on October 4. Earlier on September 24, the court asked advocate Alok Srivastava to give a copy of the petition to the Center and the Union Public Service Commission. The Supreme Court had issued a notice to the Central Government and the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) seeking a reply on a petition seeking the postponement of UPSC Civil Services Preliminary Examination.
Petitioners across the country told the court that conducting the examination at this time can pose a threat to both the health and safety of the candidates. Let us tell you that 6 lakh candidates are expected to appear in this offline examination to be held in 72 cities across the country.
The petition said that in this time of epidemic, conducting offline examinations is nothing more than endangering the lives of millions of young students. The life and health of the petitioners and many other students living in that area have been severely affected due to natural calamities like floods and frequent rains in many states of the country. 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.
The petition also states that the Civil Services Examination is a recruitment test. This is different from academic examinations. Delay in this will not delay academic session.
The petition said that despite the fast growing cases of corona infection, UPSC has not increased the examination centers. Due to this, many candidates of rural area will be forced to travel 300-400 km. These candidates are likely to be infected while using public transport.
The UPSC has made it mandatory for the test takers to wear a mask or face cover in the exam
The Commission has said that examinees can also bring sanitizers in transparent bottles. No candidate will be allowed to enter the examination center without a mask. Examiners will have to follow the rules of covid-19. They also have to follow social distance in campuses with examination halls / rooms.
This year the preliminary examination was to be held on 31 May but was postponed due to corona virus and lockdown. Other services including Indian Administrative Services (IAS), Indian Police Services (IPS) and Indian Foreign Services (IFS), Railway Group A (Indian Railway Accounts Service) are selected through UPSC Civil Services Examination. UPSC Civil Services Examination is conducted in three stages – Preliminary, Main Examination and Interview. Final merit list is released on the basis of performance in main examination and interview.