UPSC Exam 2019: According to Indian Express, the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has allowed the candidates to withdraw their applications in case they are not prepared for the exam.
This significant move came after some of the candidates had wished to cancel their candidature as they were not prepared. The move will save the candidates from losing their one attempt as USPC has attempt limits for some examinations. However, the exam fees will not be refunded in such cases.
As said by the UPSC chairman Arvind Saxena , the decision is made as roughly 50 per cent of the candidates, out of the registered one, appear for the examination. “The commission has to book venues, print papers, hire invigilators and ship the documents for all the 10 lakh applicants – which turn out to be a 50 per cent waste of energy and resources”
The arrangement will be implemented from next year beginning with Engineering Services Examination, 2019.
In order to avail this facility, the candidate has to provide details of the application. Separate OTPs will be sent on candidate’s registered mobile number and email id. On successful completion of withdrawal of the application, a confirmation message will be sent on the email and also an SMS. Once the application has been withdrawn, it cannot be revived. The withdrawal facility will be active from October 29 to November 5, 2018 (till 6.00 PM).
“We are also moving ahead with shifting from a pen and paper mode of examination to a computer-based mode. Apart from making the examination process more candidate-friendly, the new systems also serve to cut down the time cycle for each examination’, said UPSC chairman Arvind Saxena.