The North East Students Organisation (NESO) has urged the Central government to take a “sympathetic call” to provide a compensatory attempt for all UPSC aspirants including all other candidates for Group A, B & C services central government exams, whose last attempt to crack the examination was dampened by the pandemic restrictions.
NESO said the compensatory attempt could be given in 2022 as one-time relief for all aspirants who had the last attempt in 2020 and they should be entitled with two years age relaxation and two more attempts. Similarly, the aspirants who had the last chance in 2021 should be given another attempt considering the fact that they were affected for the year due to the pandemic, the organisation said in a memorandum to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah today.
“This is to be made applicable to all aspirants who are ineligible either due to being age-barred or by virtue of exhausting their permissible number of attempts, in UPSC Civil Services exam along with all other Group A, B & C service recruitment exam conducted by Central government (UPSC/SSC/IBPS/RBI etc.),” NESO said.
Pointing out that this is a crucial matter since the plight of lakhs of candidates, who had their last attempt in 2020 and 2021 and are ineligible to appear in 2022, either due to being age-barred or by virtue of exhausting their permissible number of attempts the student’s organisation raised a number of issues that has affected candidates during the Covid pandemic like closure of coaching centres, anxiety, depression, loss, migration from study centres of economically poor sections and others.