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UPSC exam: Extra chance allowed to those who missed last attempt in 2020

The one-time relaxation will benefit over 3,300 students without even increasing the age-limit

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BS Web Team & PTI  |  New Delhi 

Govt to give extra chance to UPSC aspirants who missed last attempt in 2020
Around 486,952 candidates had appeared last year in October for UPSC examination

The Centre on Friday informed the that it has agreed to grant an extra chance to the aspirants who could not appear or prepare well for their last attempt in the exam in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Relaxation, only to the extent of providing one extra attempt for Civil Service Examination (CSE), specifically limited to CSE-2021, may be granted to only those candidates who appeared for CSE-2020 as their last permissible attempt and are otherwise not age-barred from appearing in CSE-2021, the Centre told a bench headed by Justice A M Khanwilkar.

In a note filed in the apex court, the Centre said that no relaxation shall be granted for CSE-2021 to those candidates who have not exhausted their permissible number of attempts or to those who are otherwise age-barred from appearing in CSE-2021 as per the prescribed age limits of different categories, or to any other candidate for any other reason whatsoever.

This relaxation for the candidates and to the extent as prescribed above, shall be a one-time relaxation only and shall apply only for appearing in CSE-2021 and shall not be treated as a precedent, it told the bench, also comprising Justice Dinesh Maheshwari.

The Centre said that the relaxation shall not create any vested right whatsoever or any other purported right on ground of parity or otherwise, in favour of any other set/class of candidates at any time in the future. The bench asked the Centre to circulate the note and asked the petitioners to file their responses to it. The top court said it would hear the matter on February 8.

Around 486,952 candidates had appeared last year in October for examination, according to a PTI report.

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First Published: Fri, February 05 2021. 15:45 IST