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SC asks UPSC to file reply on UPSC Prelims 2020

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UPSC Prelims 2020

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) Prelims 2020 examination scheduled for October 4, 2020 has not been postponed as yet. The Supreme Court has asked the UPSC to file its reply and reasons why the examination cannot be postponed. The matter has been adjourned till Wednesday – September 30, 2020.

Representing UPSC in the top court, Advocate Naresh Kaushik insisted that it was impossible to postpone the examination. He pointed out that the exam was supposed to be held on September 30 but was then pushed to October 4.

Justice Khanwilkar then asked him to file an affidavit in the court listing all the reasons for not postponing the examination. Advocate Anushree Kapadia representing the intervener, who is the father of a government officer also presented the matter to the court. The bench has asked the IA to be filed with the counsel and that UPSC would reply to the same in the affidavit which would be filed.

Also read: UPSC Prelims exams 2020 postponed further

UPSC Prelims or UPSC Civil Services Preliminary Examination is conducted for recruitment of Group A and B Cadres in various Central Departments including IAS and IPS positions. The examination is usually conducted in the month of May but was postponed this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Arguing that the UPSC Prelims is a recruitment examination and not an academic exam, petitioners have requested the apex court to intervene and postpone the examination by 2 to 3 months to limit the risk of COVID19 spread in the country.

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