UPSC tells SC impossible to defer civil services exam, hearing on Sept 30

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The Supreme Court heard a plea filed by some Union Public Services Commission (UPSC) civil services aspirants where they wanted the postponement of the preliminary examination 2020 looking at the COVID-19 pandemic. The UPSC opposed the plea in the top court. 

The exam is scheduled for October 4 2020. It is said that 6 lakh aspirants are expected to appear in the UPSC prelims this year across 72 cities in India. 

The Union Public Service told the apex court that it is impossible to defer the Civil Services Preliminary 2020 as all arrangements are made. “This is an examination of the core services of the Government of India. Several candidates have already downloaded the admit cards for the examinations.”, the lawyer representing UPSC said.

In a video conference hearing, the Supreme Court on Monday asked the UPSC to file an affidavit regarding the same, asking them to put this into an affidavit along with the information of the arrangements that have been made for the aspirants. The 3 judge bench headed by Justice AM Khanwilkar will hear the matter again on Wednesday.

The bench has asked UPSC to make the copy of the affidavit available to the lawyer that is representing the petitioner Vasireddy Prakash and 19 other aspirants who have filed the petition for the postponement. They have sought a postponement of two-three months so that the COVID-19 curve flattens and the floods recede. 

The Civil Services exam was supposed to be held on May 31 but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. On June 5, the UPSC released the revised timetable setting the exam date to October 4, 2020. 

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