No extra chance to civil service aspirants:SC

The Supreme Court, on Wednesday, dismissed the plea filed by some civil service aspirants who have exhausted their last chance of preliminary examination held in October 2020.

They were, in their plea, demanding an extra chance for the same in the .” Earlier, while listening to a petition filed by an aspirant, Supreme Court had asked the government to consider allowing one chance to such students who have exhausted their number of attempts. “Explore the possibility for giving them one more attempt to such exams without extending age limit,” the SC had said.

The Centre had told the Supreme Court that it is against granting one-time relaxation on age limit to UPSC civil service aspirants, including those who had exhausted their last attempt in 2020 exam amid the COVID-19 pandemic and would get one more chance this year provided they are not age barred, as it would be discriminatory to other candidates.

The court called the petitioner’s reasoning that the pandemic had disrupted studies a lame excuse to get more chances to appear for the highly competitive examination.

The top court bench, also compising Justices Indu Malhotra and Ajay Rastogi, said that it is a policy decision of the government and judiciary cannot legislate.

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