Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed the plea seeking postponement of UPSC Civil Services Prelims exam 2020. The Suprem Court today rejected the petitions filed against the conduct of UPSC Prelims Exam on 4 October 2020. Apext Court was hearing the pleas filed by the UPSC aspirants against the Civil Service Exam scheduled on October 4, 2020.
Dismissing the pleas, Supreme Court has also asked Centre to consider concessions for aspirants who are on their last attempt. Supreme Court bench asked Commission that wheather a candidate can get another chance if he/ she is unable to appear for the Exam on 4 Oct, 2020? Assistant Solicitor General SV Raju says that another attempt should be allowed but he put the suggestion forward. He also says that concession in regards to age will only be made for candidates who are on their final attempt and about to cross the age limit. SC also directs UPSC to issue directions to states to ensure candidates with admit card to be admitted in local hotels near sub centres.
According to the Times of India, a three-judge Supreme Court bench of Justices AM Khanwilkar, Krishna Murari and BR Gavai allowed Commission to hold the UPSC Civil Services Prelims examination on scheduled date i.e 4 October 2020. The permission is granted to conduct exam maintaining all Covid-related safety norms and SOPs issued by MHA. The Apex court did not permit separate isolation rooms for Covid-19 symptomatic and positive tested candidates to appear in the exam as it said medical protocol prescribed isolation and quarantine of particular aspirant.
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Earlier Supreme Court bench says UPSC prelims deferment can not happen and this will have a cascading effect on rest of examinations. Taking the side of aspirants, Advocate Anushree Kapadia submitte a report on behalf of a Civil Services aspirant, says that students from rural areas are having issues related to transport services. In reply to that bench said "This is not new. This happens every where. Even due to Climate, floods and students are not able to come out for the examination. Come out of your shelf, you need to move out of your comfort", bench said.
On Wednesday, UPSC in its reply over transport issues said that "We have written to all the Chief Secretaries of all states and have requested that public transport should run at an optimum level during the UPSC exam till October 3. We have given a complete list of centres", says Advocate.