Centre refuse to give another chance to those aspirants who missed their last attempt in the Civil Services exam due to the COVID-19 pandemic

In the matter of extra attempt for UPSC Civil Services Examinations, Centre refused to offer another chance to those candidates who missed their last attempt in the UPSC Civil Services examination 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.


“We are not ready to give one more chance, Additional Solicitor General SV Raju, appearing for the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), told the court.


Decision on whether or not aspirants would get an ‘another attempt’ for the UPSC Civil Services examination 2021 now lies with the Supreme Court. The next hearing is posted for Monday January 25, 2021.


Several candidates, many of whom includes frontline workers and those engaged in essential services had approached the Supreme Court seeking an extra chance keeping in view the prevailing situation in the country due to COVID-19 pandemic. 


In the plea, they stated that Covid duties, serious economic and emotional stress due to the pandemic, and poor internet connectivity in far-flung areas were all factors that added up to deprive them of preparing better for the examination.


General category candidates are allowed six attempts till the age of 32 while for OBC candidates, there is relaxation upto nine attempts till they attain 35 years of age. Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (SC/ST) candidates get unlimited attempts till the age of 37.


UPSC Civil Services 2020 preliminary exam were conducted on October 4, 2021. The Main examinations was conducted from January 8 to 17, 2021. 


The Notification of UPSC Civil Services 2021 Prelims Exam is expected to be released on February 10, 2021 and the examination is scheduled to be held in the month on June 2021