The Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected the plea for an extra chance to Civil Service candidates who have exhausted their last attempt in UPSC Preliminary Examinations 2020 on the ground of difficulties faced by them because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Although the Centre had agreed on giving an extra chance to the candidates who were not age barred, a three-judge bench of Justices A M Khanwilkar, Indu Malhotra, and Ajay Rastogi dismissed a batch of petitions.
As of now, Civil Service aspirants from general category get six attempts, OBC candidates get nine attempts, and SC/ST reserved candidate gets an unlimited number of attempts.
According to the petitioners, Covid-19 affected their UPSC Civil Services Prelims 2021 preparation and requested the Supreme Court to give an extra chance. Some age-barred candidates also wanted to be given another chance.
The Union government agreed to give another chance at the Civil Service Examination (CSE) for the candidates whose last attempt was in 2020 but not the one-time age relaxation that the petition asked for.
The detailed reasons for the dismissal of the plea will be known as soon as the full copy of the judgement will be made available.
The UPSC will soon be releasing the notification for the IAS exam on its website upsc.gov.in for all the candidates.