Proposal for extra attempt to UPSC civil service aspirants under consideration: Centre tells SC

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The Central authorities on Friday submitted earlier than the Supreme Court {that a} proposal to give an extra probability to civil service aspirants affected by the COVID-19 is under lively consideration by the federal government and the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).

A bench headed by Justice AM Khanwilkar was knowledgeable by Solicitor General Tushar Mehta that the Center and the UPSC are making choices on a proposal to give yet one more alternative to affected college students due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It is under active consideration of the Centre and UPSC. We are not taking an adversarial stand,” Mehta mentioned. Later, the bench posted the matter for additional listening to on January 11, 2021.

The bench was listening to a plea searching for an extra attempt within the UPSC exams for these candidates who had their final attempt within the preliminary examination held in October 2020. It additionally sought an extra alternative for college students who couldn’t seem for civil service exams due to COVID-19.

Senior Advocate Mukul Rohatgi, showing for the petitioners, submitted that the court docket has directed the Centre to contemplate grant of an extra probability contemplating the difficulties of COVID-19.

On September 30, the Supreme Court had directed the Central authorities and the UPSC to contemplate granting an extra probability to candidates who in any other case have their final attempt in 2020, with a corresponding extension of the higher age-limit.

The Department of Personnel and Training had on October 26 knowledgeable the Supreme Court that the difficulty relating to grant of extra attempt to final probability candidates was under the consideration of the authorities.

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