No further chances will be given to candidates for the Union Civil Service Commission (UPSC) who exhausted their last attempt in October 2020, the Supreme Court said today, rejecting a plea that sought another chance at the review of the civil service seeing the coronavirus pandemic and also wanted a relaxation on the age limit.
A bench of three judges in charge of the case uttered only one word – “dismissed” – and did not read the judgment further.
The government had accepted another chance at the exam for those whose last attempt was last year, but not the one-time relaxation of the age limit the petition called for.
The petitioners wanted an extra chance by saying they could not prepare well for last year’s exam due to the disruption during the pandemic. They also wanted age-limit applicants to have another chance.
The Supreme Court had raised the issue with the Center as part of a petition calling for an additional chance to sit one of the country’s most competitive exams for public service.
Initially, the government was reluctant to allow those who have exhausted their last chance in 2020 to take the exams one last time. However, earlier this month, the Center accepted the Supreme Court’s decision to check whether it was possible to give one more chance, if a candidate is within the age limit and eligible to take the exam. .
“We appreciate your position,” the Supreme Court told the Center.
The tribunal de grande instance then asked the Center to consider a single exemption from age as a qualification criterion for candidates for the public service for whom the 2020 exam was the last attempt. It was pointed out that if the age limits were relaxed, there would only be 2,236 more applicants, who could benefit if they were given an extra chance.
The court also added that, if this were to be granted, it would be a one-off measure and could not set a precedent for future cases.
The Center did not accept this, and the Supreme Court dismissed all petitions today, even overturning the latest decision in a final review attempt.
The civil service (preliminary) exam was scheduled for May 31 of last year and finally took place on October 4, after UPSC told the superior court that the exams could no longer be postponed.
Each year provides for six attempts for general candidates up to the age of 32. OBC applicants have nine attempts up to age 35 while SC / ST applicants have unlimited attempts up to age 37.
UPSC conducts appointment reviews to central government departments. Among other functions, it appoints agents responsible for promotion, delegation and integration and supervises and modifies the rules for recruiting the various departments and positions under government.
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