New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday adjourned the hearing on a plea filed by a bunch of UPSC aspirants, seeking an extra attempt in the civil services examination for the year 2021, as a one time measure owing to the coronavirus pandemic. Also Read - UPSC Prelims 2020: Delhi Metro Services to Begin at 6 AM on All Lines on Sunday

The exam was conducted on October 4, Sunday, after the top court declined to postpone the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination.

A bench headed by Justice AM Khanwilkar had asked the Centre to explore the possibility of granting an extra chance to appear for aspirants availing of their last chance as they might not be able to sit in the competitive exam due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and it should be done without extending the age limit.

The bench suggested that a formal decision on the last attempt issue should be taken expeditiously.

This year, a number of aspirants opted out of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) preliminary examination 2020 for selection to Indian Administrative and Allied Services across the country. The majority of the students, who had dropped out of the examination, cited Covid-19 pandemic as the main reason for the high number of absentees.