The Supreme Court today adjourned the hearing on a plea filed by a group of UPSC aspirants who sought an extra attempt in the UPSC Civil Services Exams 2021. The aspirants desired an extra attempt as a one-time measure as many failed to attend the exam this year due to pandemic.
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A bench of judges headed by Justice AM Khanwilkar heard the petition. He asked the advocate Atul Agarwal, the counsel for the petitioners, to “serve a copy of the petition to the counsel of the Union Public Service Commission.”
Some candidates who were appearing for their last attempt and were facing age bar disqualification had urged the apex court to allow them to get relaxation on this rule. The plea was filed by 24 UPSC aspirants, sought an extra attempt stating that their “preparation has been severely disrupted on account of the COVID-19 situation and also because they will become age-barred next year.”
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Last time the Supreme Court on September 30 had declined to postpone the Union Public Service Commission, UPSC Civil Services Preliminary Exam. At that time the bench headed by Justice AM Khanwilkar had asked the Centre to consider granting one more chance to those aspirants who may not appear in their last attempt for the exam due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The order read, “Considering the fact that exams have been conducted in the recent past, it is a testimony to the fact that SOP is followed by MHA to conduct such exams. Lack of transport facilities across all centres has not been substantiated by the Petitioners.” The attempts for the students are fixed by UPSC in the following order- The general candidates get 6 attempts till the age of 32 whichever is earlier, nine attempts for OBC candidates till 35 years of age, and unlimited attempts for SC ST candidates till 37 years of age.
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