New Delhi, September 30: The Supreme Court has dismissed the plea of 20 candidates who were seeking the postponement of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) Civil Services Prelims 2020 examinations in view of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

The UPSC Prelims 2020 exam is scheduled to be conducted on October 4 and candidates wanted the exams to be postponed for two or three months in view of the Covid-19 pandemic and the heavy rains and floods in some states.

The Supreme Court has permitted UPSC to conduct the examination on October 4 maintaining all Covid-related SOP issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs, India Today reported.

The UPSC council had initially informed the court that the further deferment of the examination will not be possible as it will disrupt the schedule of other examinations that are to be conducted this year. Many exams have already been postponed due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

After the Supreme Court announced that the UPSC Prelims 2020 examinations will be held as scheduled, many candidates who are appearing for the last attempt requested the court to provide relaxation on the age bar if they are not able to give the exams this year due to the pandemic.

The court asked the centre to consider this request and make a decision accordingly for all the students giving their last attempt this year.

Students felt that since this is a recruitment examination and not an academic examination, its postponement will not have a major effect on the academic calendar this year, though the Supreme Court decided against it.

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