UPSC tells Supreme court it is not possible to postpone exams further
- The plea was filed by 20 UPSC aspirants against conducting the civil services preliminary examination on October 4.
- UPSC told the SC it is not possible to postpone exams.
The bench of three judges which was headed by the Justice AM Khanwilkar asked the commission to file an affidavit stating its stand by tomorrow and posted the matter for further hearing on Wednesday. The court has conducted a hearing because of a plea filed by the group of UPSC aspirants seeking post moment of the upcoming civil services exams
At the time of hearing advocate Naresh Kaushik appearing for UPSC submitted before the bench that it’s completely impossible to postpone the exams further.
The matter was considered and deferment was done, but it was realized that the deferment would completely hurt the process of the exam. It was supposed to be held on September 30 thereafter it was deferred to October 4 Postponement would nullify the object of conducting the exam for four Arms of government Kaushik added.
Without issuing any notice, a bench of justices led by AM Khanvilkar and Sanjeev Khanna agreed to hear the matter and granted liberty to the petitioner to serve an advance copy of the petition on the standing counsel of the Union Public Service Commission as well as the standing counsel for the central agency representing Union of India through email.
After the hearing on Sep 24 advocate Alakh Alok Srivastava, appearing for the petitioners had told media that notices have been issued to respondents for their response. Later in the day, the order was operated on the apex court website which made it clear that the judges have only agreed to hear the matter without issuing any notice.
What was the demand of Petitioners?
According to the petitioners, this seven hour-long offline exam will be taken by approximately 6 lakh aspirants at test centres in 72 cities across the country.
And conducting this examination across in India at such a perilous time or dangerous time is nothing else but putting lives of lakhs of a young student at risk and danger of disease and death. Also, natural calamities like floods, heavy rains, and landslides are likely to directly affect the life and health of students.
The petitioner want the postponement of the Civil Services Exam for two or three months.
Due to the flood and heavy rains and covid-19 it is very difficult to attend exams and study.
They want to postponed exams until the rainy season and Covid-19 curve flattern.
The plea filed by Vasireddy Govardhana Sai Prakash and other submitted that the decision of UPSC to conduct the exam in accordance with the impugned Revised Calendar violates the right of the petitioners and those similarly situated under article 19 (1) (g) of the constitution to practice their chosen profession and occupation of serving the public.
Therefore, the impugned Revised Calendar is utterly arbitrary unreasonable and patiently violet the Right to health and Right to the life of the petitioners Clearing and blacks of similarly situated student under article 21 the petition stated.
The plea said that the Civil Service Exams, being a recruitment examination, is altogether different from an academic examination and in the event of its postponement, there would not be any question of delay or loss of any academic session.
According to petitioners due to non-availability of exam centres in their hometowns, many aspirants are facing an unimaginable hardship due to non-availability or unsafe and conditions, in the PG accommodation, hostels and hotel where they are forced to stay with their family members once they are travelling to an outstation examination centre.
And the UPSC did not increased the number of examination centre resulting into a situation where many candidates from rural areas will be forced to travel for around 300 to 400 kilometre in order to reach the there examination centres and there will be high probability of such aspirantss getting affected by Civic using public transportation for such the travel petitioner added.
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