UPSC CSE: Supreme Court denied the extra chance to the candidates’ exhausted last attempt in 2020
The petitioners, who had given their last attempt in the UPSC CSE 2020, had sought an extra chance citing difficulties created amid coronavirus pandemic and pan-India lockdown. The petitioners sought another chance arguing that COVID-19 affected their preparation and age-barred candidates be given another chance. Although the Central Government had agreed to grant another chance at the examination for those who had their last attempt in 2020 but denied the one-time relaxation on the age limit.
The Union Govt on 5th Feb 2021 has informed the Supreme Court that it will grant one more chance to the aspirants who had their last attempt for UPSC CSE Prelims 2020. The UPSC CSE Prelims 2020 was held on 4th Oct 2020. The Union Govt considered the attempt for those who could not appear the UPSC CSE 2020 due to prevailing conditions and restrictions due to COVID 19 in some regions. In the note filed in the Supreme Court, the government mentioned that no relaxation is granted to the aspirants for the UPSC CSE Prelims 2021 who have not exhausted their permissible number of attempts.
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The Govt clarified that relaxation is granted to those candidates for the UPSC CSE Prelims 2021 who appeared for UPSC CSE 2020 as their last attempt but are not age-barred as per the existing eligibility criteria.
In other words, those who have age barred and also exhausted their last attempt in the UPSC CSE 2020 shall not be permitted to appear in the UPSC CSE Prelims 2020.
Note: This relaxation will not be treated as a precedent and “shall not create any vested right whatsoever” on the ground of parity and otherwise, in the favour of any other class of candidates in the future.
The Govt shared the note to the Supreme Court bench in response to the plea filed by Rachna Singh, a civil service aspirant, seeking an extra attempt for those candidates who have missed their last chance to the attempt in the UPSC CSE 2020 due to the COVID 19.
Earlier, the exam was scheduled to be held in May 2020, but later it was rescheduled to 4th Oct 2020, several aspirants could not appear for the same. As per the stats, 4,86,952 candidates appeared for the UPSC CSE Prelims 2020. Although petitions were filed seeking the further postponement of the exam but refused to do so. The court also directed the Union Govt to consider granting an extra chance to candidates who have their last attempt in 2020, with a corresponding extension of the upper age limit.
Now, the clarity is granted over the extra attempt sought by the Supreme Court, the UPSC CSE 2021 Notification would soon be released.
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