Decision on whether or not aspirants would get an ‘extra attempt’ for the UPSC Civil Services examination 2021 now lies with the Supreme Court. Before the hearing, the center announced that it was not in favor of giving applicants another chance. Many had appealed to the Apex court to authorize another attempt, as many were unable to attend or prepare due to the pandemic.
Contributions were made by Additional Attorney General S V Raju, who appeared for the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT). “We are not ready to take another risk. Give me time to submit an affidavit … I received instructions last night that we do not agree,” Raju told the bench, chaired by Judge AM Khanwilkar, consisting of Judges BR Gavai and Krishna Murai.
Following the filing, the bank requested an additional hearing attempt on January 25, 2021. UPSC applicant Rachna Singh sought an additional attempt as her last authorized attempt of hers was marred by the pandemic. The bank also asked the center to submit an affidavit and deliver it to the relevant parties by January 25, 2021.
The Supreme Court refused to postpone the 2020 UPSC Prelims exams last year due to the pandemic, but allowed the application to be considered for a new attempt. The question was then posted for your review.
Attorney General Tushar Mehta had told Apex Court in previous hearings that the government is investigating the matter and is asking for more time. In an official statement, the government announced today that it was not in favor.