The Union Civil Service Commission has decided to hold the Public Service (Main) Examination on January 7th, 8th, 9th, 15th and 16th of 2021, as scheduled.
With several states announcing restrictions on movement, UPSC has asked state governments to ensure candidates and exam officials do not experience any inconvenience.
The states had been informed that, if necessary, the candidates’ e-registration cards and the identity cards of the examination officials should be used as tickets, the UPSC said.
“After carefully examining the situation due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Commission has decided to suspend the (main) public service examination in 2021, ie on January 7, 8, 9, 15 and 16, 2022, to be carried out “, it says in the communication in a statement.
The civil servant examination is carried out annually in three stages – preliminary, main and interview – in order to select, among other things, the officials of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), the Indian Field Service (IFS) and the Indian Police Service (IPS).
Meanwhile, the Delhi Supreme Court on Wednesday agreed to hear a petition on Thursday asking it to postpone the schedule of public service exams until the COVID-19 situation normalizes.
The matter was raised at the urgent hearing at Wednesday’s hearing, after which Delhi Chief Justice DN Patel was instructed to list the matter for Thursday’s hearing.
The petition was submitted by candidates who have completed their UPSC Civil Services Examination 2021 – Preliminary Examination and are now required to appear in the Mains Examination of said CSE 2021.
The petitioners turn to the High Court with a prayer to order the defendants (UPSC and DoPT) to suspend said network test in view of the severe spread of Covid-19 infection, particularly the Omicron variant of it which is now in effect, Postponing immediately is spreading faster in India than any previously found variant of the coronavirus (Covid-19).
In the plea, it is said that due to the upcoming third wave of Covid 19 with its new variant Omicron, the petitioners not only run the immediate risk of being infected and endanger their lives, but also run the risk of losing their valuable attempt, which for some Candidates is also a final attempt to take the exams through no fault of the petitioner.
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