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The Supreme Court is hearing a plea urging the Court to postpone the UPSC prelims in view of the prevailing COVID-19 situation.
The petition filed through Advocate Alakh Alok Srivastava urges the Court to quash the revised calendar issued by the UPSC, seeking postponement of the exam by two or three months till the COVID-19 pandemic has subsided.
Apart from the main plea, the father of a serving officer in the Central Armed Police Forces of the Government of India has moved an application. The applicant points out that his son, the government officer himself, was set to prepare for the civil services, but the extra workload on account of COVID-19 has hindered his preparations.
Before the hearing today, the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) filed an affidavit asserting that the October 4 date for conducting the Civil services preliminary exam 2020 cannot be deferred as it would lead to delaying next year's prelims too scheduled for June 27, 2021.
Live updates of the hearing today feature on this page: