On 24th September (Thursday), the Supreme Court made an announcement via a notice to the UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) on a plea that the UPSC aspirants filed, looking for deferment of the civil services exam stated to be held later this year. This plea was filed against the exam, which was scheduled to be conducted initially on October 4.
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India’s highest court of law looked for a reaction from the Center as well as the UPSC on the deferment of 2020 civil services examinations considering rising instances of Coronavirus pandemic and floods. The candidates wanted for the exams to be delayed for a few months to ensure the flood/constant downpours disappear and the Coronavirus situation soothes.
The judge’s bench compromising of A M Khanwilkar and Sanjiv Khanna issued a notification to UPSC Center and posted the issue for hearing on 28th September, Monday.
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The plea presented that UPSC’s decision to schedule the examination as per the Restructured Schedule abuses the privileges of the applicants and those likewise situated, as per section (1) (g) of Article 19 of the Constitution, to rehearse their selected profession/occupation for serving the general society.
The plea further said that roughly six lakh aspirants would be taking this offline exam, which is as long as seven hours, at test centers in seventy-two cities all over the nation.
By organizing the previously mentioned examination across India at such an unsafe time, the lives of millions of young UPSC aspirants will be put at stake by the UPSC because there will be an immense danger of disease and death at these times, as was stated in the plea. It also mentioned that natural disasters like floods, relentless downpour, avalanches, and so forth would probably influence the candidates’ life and well-being too.
Eminently, the UPSC IAS(Indian Civil Service exam/UPSC Civils) is led in three phases:
1. The Preliminary Civil Service Examination – MCQ’s type
2. The Mains Civil Service Examination– Descriptive kinds
3. Personal Interview
The civil services examination cycle from the preliminary examination notification to the declaration of the results generally happens inside a year. According to their inclination and ranks, the applicants who get chosen are enlisted and prepared for different services by the central government and afterward assigned different state units.
The notification for UPSC Civil Services Exam 2020 was distributed on twelfth February 2020. Those who have already applied for the exam can get all information on the official website of UPSC.
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The UPSC is one of India’s toughest examinations; however, for those who come out of it in flying colors, a great future awaits them. Not only the financial benefit but also the respect part which is associated with the post of an IAS officer is unmatched with anything else. Many students have their hopes on this exam as they make massive efforts to prepare for this prestigious examination. However, the current pandemic situation creating barriers for the economy and education, it can be challenging for the students to get through with the exam. Hence, the plea was filed to the Supreme Court by aspirants of the Civil Service Exam, as a request for consideration by the UPSC.