UPSC Civil Services Exam 2020 Not Postponed, Supreme Court Dismisses Plea

The Supreme Court has refused to postpone the UPSC Civil Services Examination 2020 scheduled on October 4. The top court has denied the special request made by aspirants pointing that the SOPs have been followed in various public exams conducted recently. However, the apex court has decided to grant one more chance to UPSC aspirants who may not appear in their last attempt due to ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.


Earlier, the UPSC has issued a notice to Centre and Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) on a plea seeking postponement of Civil Services (Preliminary) 2020 Examination scheduled on October 4. The Apex Court accepted the plea filed by a group of aspirants due to COVID-19 crisis in the country. They filed a petition through advocate Alakh Alok Srivastava to defer the IAS Prelims 2020 exam by a couple of months until the COVID-19 curve flattens.

In the plea, aspirants mentioned that the Civil Services Examination (CSE) is a recruitment exam, hence, there would not be any loss of any academic year. Check the latest updates about Supreme Court decision on UPSC 2020 upcoming exam.

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SC Decision On UPSC IAS Exam 2020

UPSC Supreme Court Hearing On September 30

The Supreme Court has refused to postpone the UPSC Civil Services (Preliminary) Exam 2020. The IAS Preliminary exam 2020 will be held on October 4 as scheduled in view of COVID pandemic.

The Apex Court has asked the Centre and the Commission to consider granting one more chance to UPSC aspirants who may not appear in their last attempt due to pandemic. Candidates belonging to the general category can appear for 6 times till 32 years of age.

The Court has also refused to club UPSC Civil Services exam of 2020 with 2021 exams.

Alakh Alok Srivastava tweeted, "Our #UPSC Petition is listed in VC-5 in SC today as Item No. 22. 2 more Intervention Applications have been filed in our WP today, through separate respected Advocates, supporting our plea. In one IA, the lead Petitioner/ UPSC aspirant is a Frontline Doctor (Corona Warrior)"

Supreme Court UPSC Hearing On September 28

Advocate Naresh Kaushik, representing the UPSC in the Supreme Court, has informed that it was impossible to defer the exam further. Justice Khanwilkar and Sanjiv Khanna have asked Naresh Kaushik to file an affidavit in the Supreme Court for listing all the reasons for not postponing the Civil Services Examination (CSE) by September 30. Advocate Anushree Kapadia, who is representing the intervener, also asked to file a copy of the IA to the UPSC counsel. The Court has also asked the UPSC to file its affidavit regarding the exams to be held from October.

The Commission has postponed the Civil Services Preliminary examination 2020 a couple of times and rescheduled on October 4. It has also provided an option for candidates to change their exam centres after announcing the revised exam date. The UPSC also released the admit card for written test in the first week of September.

The Civil Services (Prelims) Exam consists of two papers - General Studies and Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT). The selection of candidates will be based on three stages - Preliminary, Main and Personality Test/ Interview.

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Why Aspirants Request For Postponing Civil Services 2020 Exam?

  • There is uncertainty among many aspirants of Civil Services due to no official announcement regarding the increase of examination centres.
  • UPSC Civil Services 2020 is a recruitment exam, not an entrance exam such as JEE Main and NEET. Hence, there will be no loss of any academic year.
  • The Commission has also not announced about the increase of examination cities. The exam to be held at 72 cities across the country.
  • Aspirants complain that the Commission has not yet made any official announcement regarding the safety measures to be followed at the examination centres.
  • One of the petitioners is the father of a serving officer of CAPF has asked the Apex Court to intervene because his son and many other frontline workers have not been able to prepare for the exam due to no preparation time during the pandemic.

Many aspirants believe that the Supreme Court is not likely to postpone the Civil Services 2020 exam due to the recent verdicts on deferring the JEE Main and NEET 2020 exams. These entrance exam s has three times the number of applicants.

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