UPSC allows application withdrawal facility for candidates from 2019

UPSC allows application withdrawal facility for candidates from 2019
Bachan Thakur | Oct 3, 2018 - 5:15 p.m. IST
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New Delhi, October 3: Candidates applying for Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) exams can now withdraw their applications if they want. However, the facility will be available from 2019 onwards. The first exam to see the facility of withdrawal of the application form would be Engineering Services Examination 2019. The plan was announced by the Chairman of UPSC Arvind Saxena recently.

The move by the UPSC comes with a realization to avoid any wastage of energy and resources. As per UPSC Chairman, “UPSC’s experience with the Civil Services Examination is that roughly 50% of the 10 lakh plus candidates who fill in the application forms for the Preliminary examination actually write the examination. The Commission has to book venues, print papers, hire invigilators and ship the documents for all the 10 lakh applicants – which turns out to be a 50% waste of energy and resources. A start is being made with the Engineering Services Examination, 2019 and more examinations will be brought under this arrangement.”

To avail the facility for withdrawing the application forms, candidates have to enter some particulars. Candidates will be sent a confirmation message on their registered email and mobile number once they withdraw their application. The applications can be reviewed after withdrawal.

To bring ease to the aspiring candidates, to make the system more candidate-friendly and to cut down the time cycle for each examination, UPSC is also shifting the pen and paper-based examinations to computer-based tests.

Not only this, but the Commission is also disclosing the scores and ranks of the non-recommended candidates in some exams and further linking it with the “National Career Services” portal of the Ministry of Labour and Employment. The idea behind this is to provide better career opportunities to the aspiring candidates.

Sharing his views on the same, the Chairman further states, “Central Ministries and organizations can, conceivably take advantage of this arrangement wherein candidates who have cleared a rigorous screening process in the Civil Services, Engineering Services or Combined Medical Services Examinations, but could not find a place in the merit list due to constraints of vacancies, can now look forward to being picked up for other Government, public sector or private sector jobs, from the same database.”

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) is the exam conducting authority for some of the major recruitment exams like Civil Services, NDA, CAPF, CDS, ESE, IES/ISS, CMS, etc.

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