The Supreme Court on Monday said that it will hear on March 21 the plea filed by UPSC aspirants, who had missed their Civil Services exam due to COVID-19. The aspirants have sought an additional attempt.
The bench of justices AM Khanwilkar and CT Ravikumar adjourned the matter after Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) counsel sought time to seek instruction from UPSC on the matter.
The court has asked the parties to file an affidavit on the plea.
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The petitioners, who are UPSC aspirants, filed a petition seeking to extend the benefit of an additional/extra attempt. Senior Advocate Gopal Sankaranarayanan appeared for the petitioners, and the petition was filed by three UPSC aspirants through advocate Shashank Singh.
The petitioners have urged the court to issue appropriate directions to the UPSC to extend the benefit of additional/extra attempts and to make some arrangement for the petitioners to appear in the rest of the papers which the petitioners could not give before the publication of the result of the Civil Services Main Examination 2021.
The petitioners stated that they are UPSC aspirants who cleared the UPSC-2021 Prelims examination and were entitled to appear in the UPSC Mains examination, which was scheduled from January 7-16, 2022.
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They stated that they were unable to appear for the UPSC Mains examination due to being Covid positive and owing to the restrictions imposed under strict quarantine guidelines of the government.
Also, there was no kind of policy from UPSC that could provide accommodations for those petitioners who tested positive for Covid during the duration of the sector review or before.
“The lack of policy and no arrangement to accommodate Covid positive petitioners to appear for the Civil Service Sector Examination 2021 has violated the right of petitioners under Sections 14 and 16 of the Constitution of India” , said the petitioner.
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