UPSC exam date: UPSC prelims exam date has been announced. The Union Public Service Commission or UPSC, the central hiring agency for recruitment to various services, said in a UPSC notification that the postponed UPSC prelims examination will be held on October 4. The dates of UPSC Civil Services prelims exam have been put on a hold in view of the COVID-19 crisis. The Commission has released the UPSC Prelims dates on the official portal at upsc.gov.in.
According to the latest schedule announced by the Commission, the UPSC mains will be held in January. The main examination has been scheduled for January 8, 20201.
It also said the personality test of the candidates selected through the last year's civil services preliminary and mains will resume from July 20.
This year's preliminary test was earlier scheduled to be held on May 31.
Personnel Minister Jitendra Singh told PTI that the announcement of fresh date for the civil services exam would allay apprehensions in some quarters of it being cancelled.
The Commission had to postpone the UPSC prelims or preliminary exam for recruitment 2020 and interview process for civil services 2019 as part of the measures taken to arrest the spread of coronavirus cases in the country.
The UPSC prelims examinations, which are conducted for the recruitment of Indian Administrative Services (IAS), Indian Police Services (IPS), Indian Foreign Services (IFS) among others, see registrations of more than 10 lakh each year, out which, around 5 lakh appear for the first leg of the coveted recruitment process.
UPSC exam dates 2020: UPSC Civil Services prelims exam will be held on October 4
The civil services examination is held annually in three stages - prelims, mains and interview.
"With a view to giving some clarity to candidates of various examinations and interviews, which have been deferred over the last two months, the Commission will issue a revised schedule of examinations in its next meeting to be held on June 5, 2020. Details of the new calendar of examinations will be published on the UPSC website, after the Commission's meeting on June 5, 2020," said UPSC in a notice available on the official website.
The Commission has also had to defer recruitment notification for Indian Economic Service/ Indian Statistical Service Examination, 2020; Combined Medical Services Examination, 2020; Central Armed Police Forces Examination, 2020 and the NDA & Naval Academy Examination, 2020.
After exam dates are decided, UPSC will release admit card for the exams.
Meanwhile, Staff Selection Commission (SSC), another government recruitment agency, announced the revised recruitment calendar for 2020. SSC will complete the pending exams of 2019 and 2018, which were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, between August-October.
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