On 22nd January, 2021 the Central Government notified the Supreme Court that the civil service aspirants who have exhausted their attempts in the Civil Service examination of October, 2020 will not be given an additional chance.

It was alleged by the petitioners that due to the unprecedented situation that was created by the pandemic, many candidates could not appear for the UPSC CSE Prelims, 2020. in view of which they seek an extra attempt for the UPSC Civil Services Prelims, 2021. Due to the age bar, many candidates are having only one last attempt for appearing in the UPSC Civil Services Prelims 2021, so it was their contention that they should be given an extra chance.

Earlier the proposal to provide an additional chance to the aggrieved aspirants was under consideration by the Government and the Union Public Service Commission(UPSC). It was submitted by Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, the counsel appearing on behalf of the petitioners that the Court had directed the centre to consider grant of an extra chance in view of the adversities that were created by the pandemic.

The Honourable Supreme Court had directed the Centre and the UPSC to contemplate on the issue of ganting an extra chance to the aspirants on the ground of their last attempt in 2020, with a corresponding extension of the upper age-limit.

At present, there are 6 attempts for the general category with the age limit of 32 years. The OBC candidates are entitled to 9 attempts till 35 years of age and the SC/ST can avail the opportunity till 37 years of age. it was informed by the Additional Solicitor- General, S.V. Raju that no extra attempt would be granted to the UPSC aspirants who appeared for their last last chance on October, 2020.

However, the bench of Justices AM Khanwilkar, BR Gavai and Krishna Murari while adjourning the case for January 25 has asked the centre to establish its stand on the affidavit.

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