The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) on Monday deferred the Civil Services preliminary examination scheduled to be held on May 31. The decision came following a review of the situation in wake of the Covid19 pandemic outbreak in the country. The UPSC said that given the extension on restrictions it won’t be able to carry out the examination as well as the interviews. The exams were to be originally held on May 31.
The commission said that as and when the examination dates are announced, the candidates will be given a notice of at least 30 days. The new date is likely to be announced sometime mid of this month. It should be noted that the Commission was due to release admit cards for students this week. Around 10 lakh people register for the Civil Service Preliminary Exam and nearly 1.6 lakh officials participate in conducting the exams across 2,500 centres in India annually.
Covid19 pandemic has led to the cancellation or postponement of several other exams. The National Defence Academy (NDA) examination, Joint Entrance Exams-Mains (JEE-Mains) as well as the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) were also postponed. The date for the JEE-Mains and NEET are likely to be announced by May 5.