They should not be age-barred, govt. tells Supreme Court.
The Union government on Friday informed the Supreme Court that it is “agreeable” to give the UPSC aspirants, who exhausted their chance in the last October 4 preliminary exam but are not age-barred, another crack at the exam this year.
The government said the leeway was an “ex-gratia, one-time, restricted relaxation” to those who appeared in the Civil Services Exam – 2020 as their “last permissible attempt”.
Appearing before a Bench led by Justice A.M. Khanwilkar in a virtual court hearing, Additional Solicitor General S.V. Raju read out from a note, which said that the candidates given the leeway should not be age-barred.
The note noted that the candidates whose number of attempts had not exhausted cannot avail of this one-time relaxation.
The Bench asked the government to circulate the note.
“This relaxation for the candidates, and to the extent as prescribed shall be a one-time relaxation only and shall apply…