Discussion topic: Should UPSC 2020 merge with the 2021 cycle?
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Testing should happen

Merging the UPSC 2020 cycle with the next year is impossible because each year the training must be completed and all candidates dispatched to their respective destinations. Those who propose the merger of UPSC 2020 with the 2021 cycle do not know how the government works. In view of the already belated exam schedule, another postponement of the prelims exam for the public sector will change the network and the subsequent interview. The new date will have an impact everywhere. Due to the pandemic, candidates must be careful and follow safety measures while they appear for the exam. The pandemic still looming in Covid-19 will soon no longer be in sight. So it would be appropriate to stick to the October 4th schedule.

– JK Dadoo, retired IAS officer


A postponement endangers the UPSC test

Covid-19 is undoubtedly the greatest disruption in recent human memory. Millions have taken the risk of their lives and health and continued their various public and private services. Boys and girls who are still in their teens have appeared in JEE Main and are preparing for other exams. Postponing or suspending the exams would jeopardize the already delayed UPSC schedule. All serious students, their parents and teachers are eagerly awaiting October 4th, the day set for the Public Service Exam (Prelims) in 2020. All SOPs would be sincerely implemented throughout the audit process. After all, this is also a test of India’s bureaucracy.

– Tanvir Zafar Ali, Retired IAS Officer, Director RCA, Jamia Millia Islamia

A merger with 2021 is impractical


The merger of UPSC 2020 with the 2021 cycle will be virtually impossible for a number of reasons such as age criteria for aspirants, limiting the options for those whose last attempt ends this year. However, given the pandemic, UPSC may consider postponing the exam for another month. Some of the aspirants who returned to their homes after the Covid-19 are struggling to get the materials they need, such as books and prominent newspapers, to prepare for the exam. Obtaining certain newspapers, physical or digital, continues to be a challenge in remote areas due to problems with transport and internet speeds.

– Yadvendra Singh Bais, UPSC aspirant, Rae Bareilley

Will create fear among candidates


Recently, the government agency JEE (Main) and NEET-UG 2020 ran smoothly so it won’t be a challenge to proceed with the prelims. Another exam postponement is causing concern among candidates preparing for the exam. The exam is only 20 days away so it is better to focus on the last minute preparations to ensure better performance. Reaching the exam center can be difficult for candidates. However, the gradual reopening of public transport such as the Delhi metro has given us a sigh of relief. There is no certainty when the pandemic would end. Therefore, the authorities should conduct the test on October 4th.


– Dibyanshu Bhardwaj, UPSC aspirant, Delhi

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