The Maharashtra Public Service Commission (MPSC) has announced the new exam dates of the MPSC Civil Services Preliminary Exam. The Exams will be held on 21 March 2021 now. Earlier, the exams were scheduled to be conducted on 14 March 2021, but due to the rising number of Coronavirus cases in Maharashtra, the MPSC decided to postpone the exams.
However, Maharashtra Chief minister Uddhav Thackeray had assured students that the new date for the exam will be announced on Friday. The Chief Minister said that the students need not worry about the age criteria as it won't be a barrier for them. CM Thackeray's statement came in view of the protests from students and some political parties against the government for MPSC exam cancelation.
Last year, the MPSC preliminary examination was scheduled to be conducted in April 2020, but continuously delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The exams have been postponed for the fifth time since last year due to the ongoing Covid-19 outbreak.
In view of the rising numbers of coronavirus cases in the state, CM Thackeray has instructed the officials to get tested for Covid-19 and submit their negative reports before going for the preliminary exam. He also said that all staff members will be vaccinated prior to the exam as precautionary measures.