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The Supreme Court adjourned the plea hearing seeking an extra attempt for the UPSC Civil Services Prelims 2021 in view of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. The aspirants had suggested the extra attempt as a one-time measure in view of the pandemic.

This year, a lot of candidates failed to appear for the UPSC CSE Prelims 2020 due to the disruptions caused by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and thus, candidates were seeking an extra attempt for the UPSC Civil Services Prelims 2021.

“Supreme Court adjourns the hearing on a plea filed by a bunch of UPSC aspirants, seeking an extra attempt in the civil services examination for the year 2021, as a one time measure owing to the COVID-19 pandemic,” as stated by ANI.

The bench of judges who heard the petition asked advocate Atul Agarwal, the counsel for the petitioners, to “serve a copy of the petition to the counsel of the Union Public Service Commission.”

This year, the UPSC Civil Services Prelims 2020 exam was conducted on October 4 after being postponed several times due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and the extension of the nationwide lockdown.

Many candidates were appearing for their last attempt this year due to the age bar disqualification and thus, they were hoping to attain an extra attempt for the UPSC Civil Services Prelims 2021. Many candidates felt that their preparations were disrupted due to the pandemic.

The plea was filed by 24 UPSC aspirants, sought an extra attempt stating that their “preparation has been severely disrupted on account of the Covid-19 situation and also because they will become age-barred next year.”
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