UPSC Civil Service examination: Not in favour of granting relaxation in age restrict, Centre to SC

NEW DELHI: The Centre Tuesday advised the Supreme Court docket that it’s in opposition to granting one-time relaxation on age restrict to UPSC civil service aspirants, together with those that had exhausted their final try in 2020 examination amid the COVID-19 pandemic and would gone extra likelihood this 12 months offered they don’t seem to be age barred, as it will be discriminatory to different candidates. The Centre advised this to a bench headed by Justice A M Khanwilkar which reserved its verdict on a plea which had sought another likelihood in the UPSC’s civil providers examination to these aspirants who couldn’t seem in their final try in 2020 due to the pandemic.

Extra Solicitor Normal S V Raju, showing for the Centre, stated that originally the federal government was not keen to concede the additional likelihood and it was later finished on the suggestion of the bench.

“This isn’t the examination the place you put together on the final minutes. Folks put together for years collectively,” Raju advised the bench, including, “My first provide stays”.

The Centre had on February 5 advised the apex courtroom that it was agreeable to give an additional likelihood as a one-time relaxation to these civil service aspirants, who had appeared in their final try in the 2020 examination and are in any other case not age-barred.

It, nonetheless, had stated that no relaxation shall be granted for 2021 examination to these candidates who haven’t exhausted their permissible quantity of makes an attempt or to those that are in any other case age-barred from showing in 2021 examination as per the prescribed age limits of completely different classes, or to another candidate for another purpose by any means.

The counsel showing for the petitioners had Monday argued that there must be one-time relaxation on age restrict for the aspirants.

On February 5, the Centre had filed a notice in the apex courtroom which stated, “Relaxation, solely to the extent of offering one additional try for Civil Service Examination (CSE), particularly restricted to CSE-2021, could also be granted to solely these candidates who appeared for CSE-2020 as their final permissible try and are in any other case not age-barred from showing in CSE-2021.”

“This relaxation for the candidates and to the extent as prescribed above, shall be a one-time relaxation solely and shall apply just for showing in CSE-2021 and shall not be handled as a precedent,” it had stated.

“As per the suggestion of this courtroom, the Union of India is agreeable for the next ex-gratia, one-time, restricted relaxation to be granted to the possible candidates, topic to the identical being half of a consent order, disposing off the petition,” the notice had stated.

On February 1, the Centre had advised the highest courtroom that it can’t grant an additional likelihood to civil providers aspirants who couldn’t seem or put together nicely for his or her final try in the UPSC civil service examination in 2020 due to the pandemic, whereas reiterating that it will quantity to extending “differential remedy” to equally positioned candidates.

The Centre had earlier furnished a chart in the apex courtroom giving particulars of relaxation given by Union Public Service Fee (UPSC) in civil providers exams since its inception and had stated that in 1979, 1992 and 2015 relaxations got to the candidates due to change in patterns of examination.

The highest courtroom on September 30 final 12 months had refused to postpone the UPSC civil providers preliminary examination as a result of of the COVID-19 pandemic and floods in a number of elements of the nation.

Nonetheless, it had directed the central authorities and the UPSC to contemplate granting an additional likelihood to candidates who’ve their final try in 2020, with corresponding extension of the higher age-limit.

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