9 Feb 2021

Centre not in favor of giving age limit relaxation in UPSC Civil Service Examination

The Center told the Supreme Court on Tuesday that it is against a one-time exemption on the age limit for UPSC Civil Service candidates, including students who failed to appear for the last attempt due to the Kovid-19 epidemic last year. The Center said that giving such students another chance this year would discriminate against other candidates. The Center briefed a bench headed by Justice AM Khanwilkar. 

The bench while hearing the petition reserved its decision. The petition has requested another opportunity to be given to students who failed to appear for exams in their last attempt in 2020 due to the epidemic. Additional Solicitor General SV Raju, appearing for the Center, said that initially the government was not in favor of giving additional opportunity and did so on the suggestion of the bench. Raju told the bench, "This is not an exam in which you prepare in the last minute." People prepare for it for years. 

The Center told the Supreme Court on 5 February that it agreed to give an additional chance as a one-time relief to the UPSC Civil Service candidates, who were last tried in the 2020 examination amid the Kovid-19 pandemic and did not expire. happened.

 In a document filed in the Supreme Court on February 5, the Center had said that during CSE-2021, relief will not be granted to candidates whose last attempt is not over or candidates who have crossed the prescribed age limit in various categories. Apart from this, the candidates not eligible to appear for the exam due to other reasons also will not get relief in CSE-2021. The Center also told the bench that this relief will be applicable only for CSE-2021 as a one-time opportunity and it will not be seen as an example. The Center had said that in the future, no claim of any vested right will be presented on the basis of this relief.

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