The Centre has decided that the UPSC civil services aspirants who took the exam in the last three years (2012-14) need not be given an additional chance this year. The decision comes following a directive by Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) to the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT).
There will be no additional chance for UPSC civil services aspirants now.
An order issued by DoPT said, “After analysing all facts, it has been decided that these candidates do not deserve to be given additional chance to appear in civil services examination”.
The Union Public Service Commission conducts the civil services examination annually to select IAS, IFS and IPS officers. The exam is conducted in three stages–preliminary, mains and interview.
The pattern of the exam was changed in 2011, and many candidates appearing for civil services exam opposed the new pattern – General Studies Paper II (aptitude test). In August last year, the govt gave an assurance in Parliament regarding an additional attempt to the 2011 candidates, this year. An application was also filed in the CAT seeking its direction for the govt to allow an additional attempt this year to those candidates who did not appear in 2011 exam. The said petition was disposed off with directions to the DoPT to take a decision within four weeks of receiving a copy of the order.
Complying with the order, the DoPT decided that the candidates who had appeared in civil services examinations in 2012, 2013 and 2014 had got sufficient time to prepare and adapt themselves with the new pattern of exam introduced in 2011.
The candidates too got the benefit of relaxation in terms of age and attempts in 2014, and now there is no need to give an additional chance this year for those candidates.