SC grants relief to 8 civil services aspirants, asks UPSC to issue admit cards for mains exam

UPSC CSE Mains 2023: Admit card was denied to 8 candidates due to non-submission of qualification certificate, wrong EWS certificate.

SC grants relief to 8 civil services aspirants, asks UPSC to issue admit cards for mains exam UPSC is scheduled to conduct the CSE Mains exam 2023 tomorrow. (Image: Wikimedia Commons)
Press Trust of India | Sep 14, 2023 - 7:16 a.m. IST
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NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Wednesday came to the rescue of eight civil services aspirants by directing the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) to issue admit cards to them for the mains examination scheduled on September 15. The top court, however, made it clear that the interim relief permitting the aspirants to take up the mains examination will be subject to the final outcome of their petition.

A bench of Justices AS Bopanna and Prashant Kumar Mishra, which was hearing two separate petitions, granted the interim relief to the eight aspirants, who were denied admit cards by the UPSC on the grounds of non-submissions of provisional certificates supporting their qualification and improper certificate for availing EWS quota benefits.

While dealing with the first petition in which provisional certificates were not submitted, the bench said that in view of the fact that the Civil Services Mains Exam is scheduled to be held on September 15, the interest of the petitioners will be affected if they are not allowed to appear for the test.

"Making it subject to the final result of this petition, we direct the respondent (UPSC) to issue the necessary admission ticket to appear for the exam," the bench ordered and allowed Haryana residents Deepanshu and Sushil Kumar to appear in the examination.

Similarly, in the second petition, where the aspirants were denied admit cards by the UPSC owing to an error in their certificate specifying their Economically Weaker Section (EWS) status, the bench asked UPSC to grant admit cards to six aspirants.

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During the hearing, advocate Gaurav Agrawal, who argued on behalf of both sets of aspirants said that in the case of Deepanshu and Kumar, there was delay in furnishing the certificate as academic session was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"As a result they could not submit their certificates in time to the UPSC," he said, adding that the results of their final year examination of their graduation course were declared by their respective universities after the cut-off date July 19, 2023, fixed by the UPSC.

Agrawal said that in the second set of aspirants, the UPSC pointed out that there were minor errors such as overwriting in their EWS certificate and hence, denied them the admit card for the mains examination. The issue happened due to mistake committed by tehsildar, the advocate said.

"The error was however rectified by these aspirants," he said but the candidature of these aspirants were cancelled by the UPSC. Both sets of aspirants have cleared the prelims examination. They approached the top court as they could have lost an attempt for clearing the civil service examination, Agrawal told the bench. He added that according to rules, whether a candidate appears for the mains examination or not, his attempt is counted.

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