Central government considering the proposal of an extra attempt for UPSC Civil Service aspirants

The Central government on Friday informs the Supreme Court that a proposal to give an extra chance to civil service aspirants affected by the COVID-19 is under active consideration by the government and the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). The highest court was hearing the plea filed by a group of UPSC IAS exam aspirants seeking an extra attempt in the UPSC Civil Services.


On September 30, the Supreme Court had directed the Central government and the UPSC to consider granting an extra chance to candidates who otherwise have their last attempt in 2020, with a corresponding extension of the upper age-limit.

The Centre has also asked the Supreme Court to grant time till January to decide on an extra attempt for IAS Exam. A bench headed by Justice AM Khanwilkar has granted the time and given the date for next the hearing. The next hearing will be on January 11, 2021.

As per the plea filed by a group of 24 Civil Service aspirants, some candidates who were appearing for their last attempt and were facing age bar disqualification. With this extra attempt, such candidates who have failed to attend the exams this year could also appear for the examination.

Meanwhile, UPSC has released the admit card for UPSC Civil Services Main Exam 2020 which is scheduled to be conducted on January 8, 9, 10, 16, and 17, 2021. The morning session would be from 9 AM to 12 noon and the afternoon session would be conducted from 2 PM to 5 PM.