Talking Point: Should UPSC 2020 be merged with 2021 cycle

Exam should happen

Merging UPSC 2020 cycle with next year is impossible because every year the training has to be completed and all the candidates have to be posted at their respective destinations. Those who are suggesting the merger of UPSC 2020 with 2021 cycle, are not aware how does the government function. In view of the already delayed examination schedule, further postponement of the Civil Services Prelims exam will alter the Mains and subsequent interview. The new date will lead to repercussions all over. Due to the pandemic, candidates need to be cautious, follow the safety measures while appearing for the exam. The pandemic still looming large and substantial improvement in Covid-19 is nowhere in the sight soon. Thus, going ahead with October 4 schedule would be appropriate.

– JK Dadoo, retired IAS officer


Postponement will jeopardise UPSC exam

Covid-19 undoubtedly is the biggest disruption in recent human memory. Millions have taken the risk of their lives and health and continued their different public and private services. Young boys and girls, still in their teens, have appeared in JEE Main and gearing up for other examinations. Any postponement or suspension of examinations would jeopardise the already delayed schedule of the UPSC. All serious students, their parents and teachers are eagerly waiting for October 4, the day fixed for Civil Services ( Prelims) examination in 2020. All SOPs would be sincerely implemented during the entire course of the examination. After all, this is also a test of India’s bureaucracy.

– Tanvir Zafar Ali, retired IAS officer, director RCA, Jamia Millia Islamia

Merger with 2021 is not practical


Merging UPSC 2020 with 2021 cycle will practically not be possible due to host of reasons such as age criteria for aspirants, limiting an opportunity for those whose last attempt ends this year. However, in view of the pandemic, the UPSC can consider further postponement of the exam by a month. Some of the aspirants, who went back to their native places after the Covid-19, are struggling to get the required materials such as books and prominent newspapers to prepare for the exam. Getting certain newspapers physically or digitally continues to be a challenge in remote areas due to transport and internet speed issues, respectively.

– Yadvendra Singh Bais,UPSC aspirant, Rae Bareilley

Will lead to anxiety among candidates


Recently, the government agency has smoothly conducted JEE (Main) and NEET-UG 2020, so going ahead with the Prelims will not be a challenge. Further postponement of the exam will lead to anxiety among candidates who have been preparing for the exam. The exam is just 20 days away so it is better to focus on last-minute preparations to ensure better performance. Reaching the exam centre can be difficult for candidates. However, gradual reopening of public transport such as the metro in Delhi has brought a sigh of relief. There is no certainty when would the pandemic ends. So, authorities should conduct the exam on October 4.


– Dibyanshu Bhardwaj, UPSC aspirant, Delhi




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