DoPT mulls on giving extra attempt to UPSC aspirants who missed out due to Covid

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The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) will decide whether to give extra effort to UPSC candidates who have dropped out of their civil service exams due to COVID-19 and wanted extra effort to appear for the exams. The Center informed the Supreme Court on Monday.

Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Aishwarya Bhatti, representing the Center, informed the apex court that the DOPT would have to take a decision on the extra effort.

Meanwhile, UPSC prosecutors said they would file a counter affidavit later today.

A bench headed by Justice AM Khanwilkar then listed the matter for the next hearing on March 25.

The court was hearing an application filed by UPSC candidates seeking extension of extra / extra effort facility. Senior Advocate Gopal Sankaranarayanan represented the petitioners.

The petition was filed by three UPSC candidates through Advocate Shashank Singh. The petitioners have requested the UPSC to issue appropriate instructions to enhance the benefits of extra / extra effort and to make some arrangements for the petitioner to appear in the remaining documents which the petitioners could not give before the publication of the results of the civil service. Original Test 2021.

Applicants stated that they are UPSC candidates who have passed the UPSC-2021 Prelim Exam and are eligible to participate in the UPSC Main Exam scheduled between January 7 to 16, 2022.

Applicants could not pass the UPSC Main exam because they were covid positive and were subject to restrictions as per the strict quarantine guidelines of the government. Also, the UPSC lacked any kind of policy that could provide arrangements for such applicants who were covid positive at the time of the original test or earlier.

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