The Supreme Court will hear a plea pertaining to postponement of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) preliminary exam scheduled for October 4.
This is after a petition was filed by aspirants seeking postponement of the civil services preliminary examinations due to the Coronavirus pandemic and the torrential rains across the country. The petitioners had stated travel difficulties and virus risks to seek a postponement.
Every year, 1 million candidates appear for the prelims examination for entry into various administrative posts in the government. In 2020, the exam is scheduled for October 4. The shortlisted candidates will write the main examination on January 8, 2021.
Advocate Naresh Kaushik appearing for UPSC said that deferment of the examination will hurt the process. He added that UPSC will find it completely impossible to agree with this.
The UPSC prelims was originally scheduled to be held on May 20. However, it was postponed to October 4 due to the Coronavirus outbreak.
An SC bench comprising Justices AM Khanwilkar, Krishna Murari and BR Gavai heard the matter and asked UPSC to file an affidavit citing the logical reasons for not postponing the examination.
This affidavit will be filed by September 29 and the matter will be taken up for hearing a day later.