On Thursday, the Court asked the counsel of the Union Public Service Commission to get instructions on how many candidates who submitted the degree certificates late cleared the mains exam.
Justices AM Khanwilkar and Sanjiv Khanna and bench was hearing two writ petitions filed by four civil service aspirants whose candidatures were cancelled by the by the UPSC on the ground that they submitted the degree certificates after the prescribed cut-off date.
The petitioners mentioned that the UPSC had allowed them to take part in the mains exam by giving an undertaking, as their universities had not declared the results before the cut-off dates. Despite allowing them to appear for the mains on such undertaking, the UPSC later cancelled their candidature for not producing the proof of qualifying exam on the date of submission of Detailed Application Form -I(DAF-I).
The Court is taking this relative step as a one-time measure taking note that many universities declared the results of final examinations late due to the COVID-19 pandemic. So because of that the candidates who cleared the UPSC civil service examinations held this year but submitted their degree certificates late could be permitted to appear in the interview.
“We direct the UPSC to disclose the number of candidates who would qualify for the interview from amongst the candidates involved in the presentpetitions and similarly placed persons.” The bench said.