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20 candidates from all over the country had applied in the Supreme Court to postpone the prelims exam of UPSC. (File photo)
- Petition to merge 2020 examinations with 2021 examinations also rejected
- On October 4, about six lakh candidates will sit in the 7-hour offline examination to be held in 72 cities.
The Supreme Court gave a major verdict on the Civil Services (Prelims) Examination 2020 on Wednesday. The court said that these exams, to be held on October 4, could not be postponed due to the Kovid epidemic. The court has asked the central government to consider that another opportunity may be given to candidates who have survived their last ambush And who will not be able to sit the exam due to corona.
A three-judge bench headed by Justice AM Khanwilkar also dismissed the plea to merge the UPSC Civil Services 2020 examinations with the 2021 examinations. About six lakh candidates are expected to appear in the 7-hour offline examination to be held in 72 cities of the country.
UPSC also protested
The candidates, who have applied for the case, had sought deferment of the examinations due to the prevailing situation. During the hearing on this, the UPSC on Monday said in the Supreme Court that it is impossible to postpone the examinations of the Civil Services. After this, the Supreme Court had directed the UPSC to file this affidavit.
Earlier, on September 24, the court had asked advocate Alakh Alok Srivastava, appearing for the petitioners, to give a copy of the petition to the UPSC and the Center. 20 petitioners from different parts of the country told the court that conducting the examination under the present circumstances would threaten the health and safety of the candidates.
Plea of petitioners
The petitioners also said that UPSC did not increase the number of examination centers even after the rapidly spreading cases of Corona. In such a situation, many candidates in rural areas will be forced to travel about 300-400 km. The petition said that such candidates would use public transport to reach the examination centers, so that they are more likely to get infected.