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UPSC Aspirants seek extra chance to attempt civil services exam citing COVID-19 pandemic in the Supreme Court

Lawstreet Journal 25 May 2021 7:34pm

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A group of 28 civil services aspirants, who couldn’t appear for the yearly UPSC exam which was held in October, 2020, have approached the Hon’ble Supreme Court by filing a writ petition seeking another attempt this year. 

These candidates had their last attempt during October 2020, and could not appear for the same due to “exceptional circumstances” which were a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The bench that heard the following petition was a division bench which consisted of Justices AM Khanwilkar and Dinesh Maheshwari. On April 19th, the bench asked the petitioners to produce the advance copy of the writ petition on the Standing Counsel of the Union Public Service Commission (Abhishek Anand Sinha and others vs. Union of India and others, WP (c) 434/2021). The next hearing of the case is posted for July 8th,2021.

The petitioners have stated that due to the guidelines imposed on the state during the pandemic, such as mandatory quarantine, containment zone regulations, etc. they were prevented from attending the exam, hence resulting in the loss of their precious last attempt.

Intervention application 

In the aforementioned writ petition, a bunch of candidates who had appeared for their last attempt in October 2020, have filed an intervention application. They have sought an extra chance because their preparation was affected by the ongoing pandemic and some of them were on duty to treat the virus and were “covid warriors.”

Some others were mourning the loss of their family members and others were battling with… Continue Reading...

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