The Supreme Court today dismissed the pleas seeking postponement of UPSC Civil Services Preliminary Examination. The exam is scheduled to be held on October 04, 2020.

However, it has provided directions to the Centre to consider concessions for those aspirants who are on their last attempt. The SC bench said UPSC prelims deferment cannot happen. This will have a cascading effect on other examinations.

Advocate Anushree Kapadia making her submissions on behalf of a father of a Civil Services aspirant, said that students from rural areas have transport issues. The Bench responded : “This is not new. This happens every where. Even due to climate, floods and students are not able to move out. Come out of your shell; you need to move out of your comfort.”

On Monday, the apex court had directed Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) to submit response as to why the Civil Services (Preliminary) examinations should not be postponed. The UPSC counsel objected to the plea for the deferment of the exams, as it would upset the schedule of the exams.

The plea, filed by Vasireddy Govardhana Sai Prakash and others through advocate Alakh Alok Srivastava, sought that the Civil Services exam should be postponed for two to three months, as Covid-19 cases have been peaking currently and the curve may flatten in this time period.

The petitioners also cited incessant rains disrupting daily life in many parts of the country.

Inputs included from TOI .

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