Candidates allowed to change center for UPSC Civil Services Preliminary Examination 2020

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has allowed candidates appearing for Civil Services Prelims Exam 2020 scheduled for October 4, 2020 to change their exam centres. The examination was earlier scheduled to be held on May 31, but had to be postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic

Candidates can make a change in the exam centre by visiting the official website The window for submitting the revised choice of centre’s by the candidates will be operational in two phases i.e. 7th-13th July, 2020 (6 PM) and 20th-24th July, 2020 (6 PM). 

The change of exam centre has been allowed by UPSC as many aspirants would be required to travel for the October 4 exam from their home towns which pose a health risk to them.

The UPSC statement reads – “Keeping in view a large number of candidates of the civil services (preliminary) examination, 2020 (including the Indian Forest Service (preliminary) examination, 2020) and requests received from the candidates for changing their centers, the Commission has decided to give an opportunity to them to submit their revised choice of centre.” 

Besides this, the option to change the centers for the civil services (main) examination, 2020, and the Indian Forest Service (Main) examination, 2020, is also being made available, said in the UPSC statement. 

The request for change will be considered against the enhanced capacity intimated by the centers for accommodating additional candidates. The candidates would be allotted the centre on the basis of first come first serve.

As per the statement issued, those candidates who could not get a centre of their choice due to the ceiling would be required to choose a centre from the remaining ones. 

The UPSC has also decided to open a withdrawal window for the candidates from August 1 – 8, 2020 to allow them to withdraw their application. All the terms and conditions of the withdrawal of application will remain the same as mentioned in the examination notice issued in the month of February 2020.