HC dismisses plea to postpone UPSC Civil Services Mains Exam
   Date :07-Jan-2022

HC dismisses plea
THE Delhi High Court Thursday dismissed a plea seeking the postponement of the UPSC Civil Services Mains Examination, scheduled to start from Friday at centres across the country, in view of the sudden surge in COVID cases. “Ï am dismissing the petition. I am not interfering with the decision. I will pass the orders,” said Justice V Kameswar Rao, rejecting the plea filed by 19 candidates who have cleared their Civil Services Preliminary Examinations and sought a direction to postpone the Mains scheduled from January 7 to 16. They said in their petition that the exams should be deferred in view of the severe spread of the COVID-19 infection, particularly, the Omicron variant which is now spreading faster in India than any previously found variant.
Due to the imminent third wave with its new variant Omicron the petitioners not only run imminent risk of getting infected and getting threat to their life, but also are at a risk of losing out their valuable attempt, which for some candidates is also a last attempt to give the examinations and all this without any fault on their part. Recently, COVID-19 has spread severely in several States, cities,” the plea said. Advocate Anushree Kapadia, representing the petitioners, submitted that apart from those candidates who have already contracted the virus, others have the risk of catching the infection while taking the exams as they will be sitting in a room for six hours with 30 candidates. She said there is a risk to public health and safety of the candidates and their families and there are no Standard Operating Procedures in place. She contended the candidates will be taking the risk of travelling from hotels to centres and then back to their hometowns exposing them to the virus.