SC rejects plea to put off UPSC prelims

SC rejects plea to put off UPSC prelims

The Sup­reme Court on Saturday dismissed a petition seeking direction to postpone civil services preliminary examination slated for August 24, saying candidates’ objection to inclusion of English com­pre­hension section has already been addressed.

The court also refused to put off the exam at the last hour when nine lakh students were ready to appear. A bench of justices J S Khehar and Arun Mishra held a special hearing on a non-working day on a plea made by 31-year-old Agnesh Kumar seeking a stay on the UPSC examination.

The court pointed out that the UPSC had already taken a decision to allow candidates to skip the English Comprehension section  following protests against its inclusion. Advocates Ravindra S Garia and Vishal Sinha, appearing for the UPSC aspirant, submitted that the present pattern was already skewed against the students from non-urban background (deficient in English language skills) as well as from Humanities and non-Engineering/Science/Management streams.

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