Civil service candidates who missed out their last attempt last year amid the COVID-19 pandemic will get another chance to take the UPSC exam.
However, they must be within the eligible age limit, the Supreme Court center said on Friday.
“This relaxation for the candidates… shall be a one-time relaxation only and shall apply only for appearing in CSE-2021 and shall not be treated as a precedent,” the centre said in a note to the Supreme Court.
“We appreciate your stand,” a bench of Justices AM Khanwilkar and Dinesh Maheshwari said.
Rachna Singh, who has been preparing for the UPSC exam, had filed a petition in the top court seeking one more chance to attempt the exam. In her petition, she said the pandemic caused disruption, leaving many civil service aspirants unable to prepare well.
The preliminary civil service exam scheduled for May 31 last year was finally held on October 4.
In a previous affidavit, the Center had said that the petitioner’s claim that candidates were unable to prepare well for the exam due to stress amid pandemic was not entirely true.
It said that extra time was given to them for preparation as the exam were postponed from May 31 to October 4, 2020.