The Supreme Court docket has requested the centre to think about a one-time waiver of age as a qualifying standards for civil service aspirants for whom the 2020 UPSC (Union Public Service Fee) examination was the ultimate try. The centre, represented by Extra Solicitor Normal SV Raju, stated the courtroom’s request can be offered to the involved authorities and a response filed tomorrow.
On Friday the centre stated candidates who had exhausted their ultimate try final yr – the exams had been held in October and it was argued the coronavirus pandemic led to heightened stress throughout preparation – would get a second (and final) chance this yr, as long as they had been inside age limits.
Nevertheless, the petitioners additionally wished rest of age as a qualifying standards, arguing that it could in any other case have an effect on candidates from marginalised communities. It was identified that if age limits had been relaxed, there can be solely 2,236 further candidates.
“Don’t be inflexible. Although it’s a coverage resolution, such insurance policies ought to be made holding in thoughts the bottom realities. That is a rare scenario… and for some candidates (similar to corona warriors) these are real instances. Solely round 2,000-odd candidates will profit,” the courtroom stated.
The courtroom additionally confused that, if this had been to be granted, it could be a one-time measure and couldn’t set a precedent for future instances.
The centre made the same level final week, whereas permitting some candidates a second probability.
“This rest for the candidates… shall be a one-time rest solely and shall apply just for showing in CSE-2021 and shall not be handled as a precedent,” the centre stated in its affidavit.
“We respect your stand,” the courtroom responded.
The civil companies (preliminary) examination was scheduled for Might 31 final yr and was ultimately held on October 4, after the UPSC told the top court the exams could not be postponed any longer.
20 candidates had approached the courtroom, asking that the examination be deferred by two to a few months because of the flood scenario in a number of elements of the nation, in addition to the COVID-19 pandemic.