The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has postponed the civil services preliminary examination 2021 due to a spike in Covid-19 cases in the country. The exam was scheduled to be held on June 27, 2021. As per the notification released by the commission UPSC CSE prelims exam will now be held on October 10, 2021
The statement issued by the commission reads, “Due to the prevailing conditions caused by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the Union Public Service Commission has deferred the civil services (preliminary) examination, 2021, which was scheduled to be held on 27th June, 2021. Now, this examination will be held on 10th October, 2021.”
The commission conducts Civil Services Examination annually in three stages – preliminary, main and interview to select officers of Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS) and Indian Police Service (IPS) among others.
The UPSC has postponed other exams as well. The exam for selection of enforcement officers in the Employees’ Provident Fund Organization which was scheduled on May 9 has also been postponed. The interview of Indian Economic Services and Indian Statistical Services exam has also been postponed.
The Commission has also deferred the registration for Combined Medical Services exam which was scheduled to begin on May 5.