Tribune News Service
New Delhi, December 18
The Centre on Friday told the Supreme Court that it was discussing with the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) the issue of granting another chance to civil services aspirants, especially those who exhausted their last attempt in October 2020 Prelims during COVID19 pandemic.
“It’s under active consideration of the Centre and UPSC. We are not taking an adversarial stand,” Solicitor General Tushar Mehta told a Bench headed by Justice AM Khanwilkar during hearing on a petition seeking an extra attempt in the civil services examinations conducted by the UPSC.
The petitioners have sought an extra attempt for candidates who exhausted their last attempt in October 2020 Prelims or those who couldn’t appear in the examination due to COVID-19 pandemic.
Following Mehta’s submission, the Bench posted the matter for further hearing on January 11 next year.
On behalf of the petitioners, senior counsel Mukul Rohatgi said the court should direct the Centre to grant an extra chance to students considering the difficulties on account of COVID19.
On September 30, the top court had asked the central government and the UPSC to consider granting an extra chance to candidates who otherwise had their last attempt in 2020, with a corresponding extension in the upper age-limit.
The Department of Personnel and Training had on October 26 informed the court that the issue was under the consideration of the authorities concerned.