The Centre on Friday told the Supreme Court that it was not in favour of giving another chance to those aspirants who missed their last attempt in the UPSC Civil Services examination in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
"We are not ready to give one more chance. Last night I received instruction that we are not agreeable," Additional Solicitor General SV Raju, appearing for the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), told the court.
The top court asked him to file an affidavit and said it will hear the case on Monday.
The Supreme Court is hearing a plea by Rachna Singh, a civil services aspirant, seeking an extra attempt in the UPSC exams for those candidates who had their last attempt in the preliminary exam held in October 2020 and missed it due to COVID-19 pandemic.
On September 30, the top court had directed the Centre and the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) to consider granting an extra chance to candidates who had their last attempt in the Civil Services exam in 2020 but could not appear for the exam. The top court had also proposed a corresponding extension of the upper age-limit.
The Department of Personnel and Training on October 26 had informed the court that the issue regarding grant of extra attempt to last chance candidates was under the consideration of the authorities.
On January 11, a bench headed by Justice AM Khanwilkar was informed by Additional Solicitor General (ASG) SV Raju that the government and UPSC are actively considering the proposal to give one more opportunity to affected students due to COVID-19.
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