The Central Government has agreed to provide an additional chance to UPSC Civil Service Examination (CSE) Prelims candidates who had their last attempt for the exam in 2020 but were not able to appear for it due to COVID-19.
The central agreed to this during the hearing of a plea on the matter in the Supreme Court.
The plea was filed by a civil services aspirant Rachna Singh.
In her plea, she sought an extra chance for candidates who had their last UPSC attempt but could not attempt it due to the pandemic last year.
As per the relaxation, one extra attempt will be provided to only those candidates who appeared for UPSC Civil Service Examination-2020 as their last permissible attempt and are otherwise not age-barred from appearing in CSE-2021.
Candidates whose chances are not exhausted will not be provided an extra attempt.
It is a one-time relaxation and will only be applicable to UPSC Civil Service Examination 2021.
Civil Services exam 2020
The Civil Services preliminary exam 2020 was held on 4 October last year. The exam was postponed from May to October due to the pandemic. The Civil Services 2020 Main examination has now been over. It was held on from January 8 to 17, 2021.
As per the available data, 4,86,952 candidates had appeared in the Prelims exam, and over 10,000 candidates were shortlisted for the Main examination.
The official notification of UPSC Civil Services Exam 2021 is scheduled to be out on February 10.