After a long hearing between the Supreme Court and the Central Government, the latter has finally agreed to provide an extra attempt to the UPSC civil services examination students who had their last attempt for the Civil Services exam in 2020 but could not appear in the exam due to Covid-19 pandemic.
The decision by the centre comes a week before the next notification for UPSC CSE is due for release.
Earlier, a UPSC aspirant named Rachna Singh had filed a plea in the Supreme Court seeking an extra attempt in the UPSC exams for those candidates who had their last attempt in the exam held on October 4.
A bench headed by Justice AM Khanwilkar was hearing the whole matter at the Apex Court.
However, the Center has laid certain conditions defining who can avail the extra attempt. Read below
1) The center has said that one extra attempt for Civil Service Examination (CSE) will only be granted to candidates who appeared for CSE-2020 as their last permissible attempt and are otherwise not age-barred from appearing in CSE-2021.
2) There is no extra attempt or relaxation for those candidates who have not exhausted their permissible number of attempts.
3) This relaxation for the candidates and to the extent as prescribed above, shall be a one-time relaxation only and shall apply only for appearing in CSE-2021 and shall not be treated as a precedent.
4) The relaxation provided at Point 1, shall not create any vested right whatsoever or any other purported right on the ground of parity or otherwise.
Last year, the apex court had refused to postpone the UPSC prelims exam, which was conducted on October 4.