The 2011 UPSC aspirants who have already completed given 3 attempts (2012- 2014) would not be getting another chance at the civil services examination.
The centre has taken the decision in this regard following a directive by Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) to the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT).
"After analysing all facts, it has been decided that these candidates do not deserve to be given additional chance to appear in civil services examination", an order issued by DoPT said.
The question earlier posed was whether the candidates who were eligible to take civil services examination 2011, or had taken 2012, 2013 or 2014 examination should be given another chance to take this year's test with changed pattern.
Major developments in UPSC 2011
UPSC has modified the structure of preliminary examination in 2011. According to the new changes, the optional paper (Paper II) was substituted by a new paper, General Studies Paper II comprising of an aptitude test.
Following the change in the exam format, many candidates appearing for civil services exam 2011 alleged that they did not have adequate time to prepare according to the new pattern.
In August last year, the government had given an assurance in Parliament that an additional attempt would be provided to the 2011 candidates in 2015. Following which an order was issued by the DoPT.
An application was also filed in the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT), seeking its direction for the government to allow an additional attempt to the candidates who did not appear in 2011 exam but appeared in tests of subsequent years or for those who had applied for the test in 2011.
After considering the matter, it has been decided that the candidates who had attempted the civil services examinations in 2012, 2013 and 2014 got sufficient time to prepare according to the new pattern of General Studies Paper II (aptitude test) introduced in 2011.
Moreover, such candidates got the benefit of relaxation in terms of age and attempts in 2014, the DoPT said and has now decided against giving additional chance this year, for those candidates.
The government had made amendments in the eligibility conditions which resulted in relaxed age criteria and increased number of attempts, last year.