The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) told the Supreme Court that the issue of offering an additional attempt at the civil service exam is “very complicated”. UPSC 2021 Prelims Exam, but could not appear in all Main Exam papers after testing positive for COVID-19. These candidates are now aiming for an extra attempt to sit the exams.
“I think this is a very, very complicated problem. I think I need instructions and document all aspects before a decision is made,” the UPSC counsel told a bench of judges AM Khanwilkar and CT Ravikumar.
The petitioners have requested the UPSC to make an additional attempt to appear on the exam or make an arrangement to appear in the rest of the papers they were unable to give, before the publication of the result.
The counsel who appeared before the UPSC told the highest court that he must follow instructions and record all aspects before making a decision on the matter.
The bank put the matter up for hearing on March 21 and said the affidavits would be filed by the parties before the next date. While two of the three applicants had to leave the main exam, which was held January 7-16, in between after appearing in a number of initial papers, the third aspirant was unable to appear in any of the papers due to COVID.
During the hearing on Monday, senior lawyer Gopal Sankaranarayanan, who appeared before the petitioners, told the bank that they had served the copy of the petition to the board for the respondents – the Center and UPSC. While he sought two weeks to take instructions on the case, counsel who appeared before the committee told the bank that the interviews will not begin until April.
On February 28, the court requested the applicants to forward the copy of the application to the permanent counsel of the defendants concerned. The petitioners have said in their plea through lawyer Shashank Singh that they tested positive for COVID-19 in the RTPCR test reports dated January 13, 14 and 6.
According to the plea, petitioners were unable to deliver the UPSC grid power study after testing positive for COVID-19 and due to restrictions imposed under strict government quarantine guidelines. There was also no UPSC policy that could make arrangements for such submitters who were COVID positive during the main study or before it, it said.
The petitioners approach this court under Section 32 and request that the Defendant/UPC make an additional (additional) attempt to appear on the exam or, instead, arrange to appear in the remainder of the filings that the applicants cannot give before the publication of the results of the 2021 civil servants exam, according to the plea. It alleged that the lack of policies and no arrangement to accommodate COVID-19 positive applicants to appear in the 2021 civil service examination have violated their rights, including those of Article 14 (Equality before the law) of the Constitution of India.
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