They shouldn’t be age-barred, govt. tells Supreme Court.
The Union authorities on Friday knowledgeable the Supreme Court that it’s “agreeable” to give the UPSC aspirants, who exhausted their chance within the final October 4 preliminary examination however aren’t age-barred, another crack at the exam this 12 months.
The authorities mentioned the leeway was an “ex-gratia, one-time, restricted relaxation” to those that appeared within the Civil Services Exam – 2020 as their “last permissible attempt”.
Appearing earlier than a Bench led by Justice A.M. Khanwilkar in a digital court docket listening to, Additional Solicitor General S.V. Raju learn out from a word, which mentioned that the candidates given the leeway shouldn’t be age-barred.
The word famous that the candidates whose variety of makes an attempt had not exhausted can not avail of this one-time rest.
The Bench requested the federal government to flow into the word.
“This relaxation for the candidates, and to the extent as prescribed shall be a one-time relaxation only and shall apply only for appearing in CSE-2021 and shall not be treated as a precedent. The relaxation shall not create any vested right whatsoever or any other purported right on ground of parity or otherwise, in favour of any other set/class of candidates at any time in the future,” the word mentioned.
“We do not have copy of this note… You have made a very involved statement. There are some conditions in it too,” Justice Khanwilkar addressed Mr. Raju.
“The condition is only age-related,” Mr. Raju responded.
Senior advocate Shyam Divan, for some aspirants, sought time to learn the word and see if a consensus might be arrived at on the difficulty.
“They [aspirants’ side] must examine it [note],” Justice Khanwilkar mentioned.
The court docket then scheduled the case for Monday.
A digital U-turn
The authorities’s stand on Friday marks a digital U-turn from its earlier position.
On January 22, the federal government refused to give the aspirants, together with “last-attempters”, another crack on the exams. An affidavit filed by it within the court docket a month in the past argued that any extra try or rest in age for some candidates would quantity to extending differential remedy. It would lead to an “un-leveling of the playing field”.
The aspirants who moved the court docket had pleaded for another chance, saying their examination preparations for and efficiency within the October 4 examination floundered due to the “innumerable, inevitable circumstances suffered due to the COVID-19 pandemic”.
Until January 22, the federal government had stalled a transparent response to their plea by merely saying their request was below “active consideration”.
Previous hearings noticed the court docket repeatedly urgent the federal government to give a one-time concession to the aspirants whose final try on the examination suffered due to the pandemic. Justice Khanwilkar had even highlighted how guidelines have been relaxed in 1992 and 2015 due to a sample change within the examination.
Government figures submitted within the court docket present that over 3,300 candidates would profit from the one-time rest. To be precise, official statistics reveal that 3,863 candidates made their final try on October 4, and of this, 555 cleared the examination. The remaining 3,308 would get the good thing about further chance.
A complete of 4,86,952 candidates appeared for the October 4 examination.