UPSC Extra Attempt: Center’s answer in Supreme Court, cannot give another chance in Civil Services Examination.
UPSC CSE Extra Attempts Case Latest Updates: In the Supreme Court, the Center has opposed a plea seeking additional attempts for candidates who could not appear in the Civil Services Mains exam due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Explanation: The Central Government, while presenting its reply in the Supreme Court, made it clear that it is not in favor of giving additional attempts to the candidates in the Civil Services Examination. In the Supreme Court, the Center has opposed a plea seeking additional efforts for candidates who could not appear in the Civil Services Mains exam due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Center argued that if this petition is accepted, a similar demand may come up for other examinations conducted across the country. Therefore, it is not possible to do this.
Three candidates who missed the UPSC Civil Services Main Examination 2021 due to Corona infection had filed a petition in the Supreme Court seeking an additional chance. A bench of Justice AM Khanwilkar and Justice AS Oka are hearing the petition. The petitioner’s three candidates had qualified for the UPSC 2021 Preliminary Examination, but could not appear for all the main examination papers after being infected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Hence, they are demanding an extra effort to appear in the examinations.
In the matter, the Center said, it would also affect the prospects of other candidates who are eligible as per the existing provisions as it would increase the number of candidates. This will lead to a similar demand by the candidates of other examinations conducted across the country. It said that the existing age criterion for civil services examination is 21 to 32 years with relaxation for certain categories of candidates. The Center said the existing rules provide a fair opportunity to the candidates, even if an attempt is lost due to some exigencies.
At the same time, in the affidavit filed in the Supreme Court, UPSC opposed the plea seeking additional effort, saying there was no logic in it. The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has said that if the commission makes a provision for re-examination, it will have a huge impact on the schedule of other ongoing examinations as well as other examinations. The UPSC argued that accepting such demands would worsen the situation, so no examination could be completed on time.
The petitioners opposed the submissions of UPSC saying that they missed the exam in their last attempt due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, they deserve the extra effort. The petitioners contended that in 2014, the UPSC had made arrangements for additional effort for those candidates who were against abrupt changes in the pattern and syllabus of the Civil Services Main Examination, 2013.