Supreme Court of India will hear plea for Postponement of Civil Services Exam, that scheduled to be held on 4th October 2020.

UPSC CSE Prelims Exam Postponement
UPSC CSE Prelims Exam Postponement SC hear plea

UPSC CSE Prelims Exam Postponement: The Supreme Court will hear plea for the Postponement of Civil Services Prelims Examination that is scheduled to be held on 4th October, 2020. The apex court will hear a plea on September 28, which seeks postponement of Civil Services exam by 2-3 months due to flood situation and COVID-19 crisis in the country. The plea has been filed by 20 UPSC aspirants through advocate Alakh Alok Srivastava against the decision of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) to conduct the exam on October 4. The plea has been filed by 20 UPSC aspirants against UPSC's decision to conduct the Civil Services exam on October 4.

"Conducting the aforesaid examination across India at such perilous time, is nothing else but putting lives of lakhs of young students (including Petitioners herein) at utmost risk and danger of disease and death. Also, the natural calamities like flood, incessant rain, landslides etc. are likely to directly affect the life and health of the Petitioners and many similarly situated students. Hence, the impugned Revised Calendar is utterly arbitrary, unreasonable, whimsical and patently violative of the "Right to Health" and "Right to Life" of the Petitioners herein and lakhs of similarly situated students, under Article 21," the petition stated.

"It is pertinent to mention here that despite alarming spurt in COVID-19 pandemic, UPSC did not increase the number of Examination Centres, resulting into a situation where many candidates from rural areas will be forced to travel for around 300-400 Kilometres, in order to reach to their Examination Centres and there will be high probability of such aspirants, getting affected while using public transportation for such travel," the petitioners have said in the plea.

However, the commission has not yet said anything on expanding the number of test centres.

Earlier UPSC provided a chance to change exam centers to the candidates but due to limited centres and not availability of new centres, most of the students not opt in for the change.