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Government allows extra attempt to aspirants who missed UPSC 2020 due to COVID-19

A plea was filed by Rachna Singh, an IAS aspirant which called for aspirants who had missed their last attempt due to the COVID-19 pandemic to be provided with an extra attempt.

The Union government on Friday (February 5) informed the Supreme Court that it will allow an extra chance to aspirants who missed their attempt of UPSC exams whose preliminary exams were held in October 2020.

A plea was filed by Rachna Singh, an IAS aspirant which called for aspirants who had missed their last attempt due to the COVID-19 pandemic to be provided with an extra attempt. The top court in September had directed the UPSC to consider the petition and provide relief to the students.

The matter was given to the Department of Personnel and Training which is the coordinating agency of the Central Government in personnel matters specially issues concerning recruitment. The DoPT told the court in October that the decision to grant an extra attempt was under consideration.

It looked as if though the candidates would not be provided relief when the Union government said on January 22 that it was not in favour of giving an extra attempt to aspirants.

However,  the government has finally given relief to the aspirants with the dates of UPSC 2021 set to be announced on February 10.

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