GoI attention drawn on ‘one-time relaxation’ for pandemic hit UPSC, other aspirants

ITANAGAR, Nov 24: The North East Students' Organisation (NESO) while reflecting on the plight of lakhs of pandemic affected students, including the UPSC aspirants and those in Central government recruitment exams for Group A, B & C services, who couldn’t meet with success, has drawn the attention of the Prime Minister of India, pleading him to have a sympathetic consideration towards them with a “one-time relaxation” for the aspirants of the country in general and for the Northeastern states in particular.

In a memorandum to the PM, NESO said: “We would like to draw your kind attention to this crucial matter regarding 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, in UPSC civil services exam along with all other Group A, B & C recruitment exams conducted by Central government (UPSC/SSC/IBPS/RBI etc.) in the midst of Covid-19 pandemic in 2020/2021.”

The Org, in support of their demands, reasoned: “Even those who attempted the paper also faced many hardships due to this pandemic. The candidates in essential services and frontline workers had to attend to the rigorous COVID duty during the pandemic, and as a result they were unable to effectively attempt the paper. The candidates from remote areas had to migrate back from their study centers to their native places and the candidates from economically poor sections had to bear the brunt of lockdown as many of them lost their jobs. Mental distress and panic situations all round was the environment at that time. Inappropriate reading material, closure of coaching centers and libraries, anxiety and depression issues due to lockdown are some other consequences of the sufferings related to this pandemic. “

It went on to add saying “the similar condition existed for the candidates of 2021 also. In fact, they had to suffer twice, in 2020 and then in 2021, considering the fact the 2nd COVID wave was very destructive. Many candidates lost their close family members, or their 2-3 months got completely wasted on account of time taken for post-Covid recovery. Similar conditions were faced by the aspirants of rest of the Group A, B & C Central government direct recruitment exams like UPSC ESE, IES/ISS, CDS, CAPF, SSC CGL, IBPS PO SBI PO, RBI Grade B etc. In a way, these 2 years of 2020 and 2021 have completely ruined their career.”

In this context, NESO urged upon the Government of India to take a sympathetic call on this very crucial issue by considering relaxation for pandemic affected years.

It also demanded that all the aspirants who had their last attempt in the year 2020 shall have to be entitled with two years age relaxation and two more attempts, besides those who had their last chance in 2021 should be given another attempt considering the fact that they were affected for the year due to the pandemic.

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 exams conducted by Central government (UPSC/SSC/IBPS/RBI etc), NESO further pressed.