New Delhi: The Supreme Court dismisses a petition seeking an extra chance to appear for UPSC Preliminary examinations filled by the candidates who have exhausted their final attempt last year. The petitioners, who had given their last attempt in Civil Service Examination 2020, had sought for an extra chance citing difficulties created by COVID-19 pandemic and the national lockdown. Also Read - Supreme Court Slaps Rs 50,000 Fine on Waseem Rizvi For Plea Seeking Removal of 26 Verses From Quran

Justice AM Rastogi, who read out the operative part of the judgment, appreciated the efforts of the Advocate on Record of the petitioner, Anushree Kapadia. “You argued well. You were clear on facts”, the judge told the lawyer. Also Read - Supreme Court Reverts to Virtual Hearings After 50% Staff Test COVID Positive

The candidates who are preparing for the examination must note that the commission had confirmed earlier that there will be no change in the UPSC Civil Services Prelims 2021 Exam Date. After the verdict, the candidates will be able to apply for the same on the official website of the commission. Also Read - SC Dismisses Pleas Of Maharashtra Govt, Anil Deshmukh Against CBI Enquiry On Parambir Singh's Allegations

It is noted that in development, on 8 February,  the supreme court asked the centre for consider granting one-time relaxation on age limit to UPSC Civil Services aspirants including the candidates who had exhausted their last attempt in 2020 exam due to COVID 19.

The government had earlier agreed to another chance at the examination for those whose last attempt was in 2020 but not the one-time relaxation on the age limit that the petition asked for.

The petitioners wanted one extra chance as they could not prepare well for last year’s exam due to the pandemic. They also wanted age-barred candidates to be given another chance.

The Supreme Court had taken the matter up with the Centre on a petition seeking an extra chance to appear in one of the most competitive exams in the country for government service.