[UPDATE] Center agrees for an extra attempt to UPSC aspirants in IAS 2021 Exam

In the Supreme Court, the center has agreed to an extra attempt for UPSC IAS civil service exam aspirants, but with certain conditions.

After a series of hearings, the center has agreed to the extra chance for the candidates. This chance will be only available to aspirants, who missed their last attempt for the Civil Services exam in 2020 due to COVID 19 pandemic.

However, the eligibility for this chance is dependent upon the following conditions:

  1. It is available to a candidate, whose last chance was in 2020.
  2. The age of the candidate satisfying the above condition must be within the age limit in 2021, as prescribed by UPSC. It means a candidate who took his/her last attempt in 2020 and is crossing the age limit in 2021, he/she is not eligible for this benefit.
  3. This chance is limited to CSE-2021. It means an eligible candidate will have to take the attempt this year, otherwise, it would be her/his last chance.
  4. Candidate, whose attempts are left or has crossed the age limit, is not entitled to any type of benefits.

Upper Age Limit for different categories

  1. General category – 32 years
  2. OBC  category     –  35 Years
  3. SC/ST  category –  37 years

Application of conditions

  • If a person from the general category has taken his/her last attempt in 2020. In 2021 attempt, his age is 30, then he/she is eligible for the benefit.
  • If a person from the general category has taken his/her last attempt in 2020. In 2021 attempt, his age is 33, then he/she is not eligible for the benefit.
  • The same applies to other categories as per the age limits.

About the petition

Many candidates came together to file a petition in the SC for an extra attempt in the UPSC civil services prelims 2021 exam. These candidates had appeared for their last attempt for the exam last year.

[Update] Extra attempt for UPSC, 2021 under consideration – ForumIAS Blog

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