In a major move, the Supreme Court has refuted to postpone the UPSC Civil Service Prelims 2020 scheduled to be conducted on October 4, 2020. A plea was filed in the apex court to postpone the IAS exam further due to the outbreak of COVID 19.
SC pointed out that the SOPs have been followed in various public exams conducted recently and denied any special requests. It has however conceded requests for considerations on age limit and last attempt.
The order reads, “Considering the fact that exams have been conducted in the recent past, it is a testimony to the fact that SOP is followed by MHA to conduct such exams. Lack of transport facilities across all centres has not been substantiated by the Petitioners.”
The petitioners raised the issue of lack of transport facilities and the case of corona warriors unable to attend the exam, to which the Court said, “if there are 10 out of 10 lakhs then the doctrine of proportionality has to be kept in mind. If it’s significant number we can ask authorities to consider them.”
Representing UPSC, Advocate Naresh Kaushik informed that the commission had not received any grievances from candidates regarding any handicap being faced. Furthermore, requests had been received not to postpone the examination further. He also pointed out that there are 6 chances to appear in the examination.