UPSC civil services prelims exams postponed due to COVID-19

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New Delhi : The Union Public Service Commission on Thursday announced that the Civil Services preliminary exam have been postponed to October 10 from its scheduled date June 27 due to current coronavirus situation in the nation. The commission conducts civil services examination annually in three stages -- preliminary, main and interview -- to select officers of Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS) and Indian Police Service (IPS) among others.

"Due to the prevailing conditions caused by the Novel Corona Virus (COVID-19), the Union Public Service Commission has deferred the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination, 2021, which was scheduled to be held on 27th June, 2021. Now, this Examination will be held on 10th October, 2021," the UPSC has notified.

Last year too, the examinations were delayed to October 4 due to coronavirus. Mains written examinations were held, but the interview round got delayed due to rise in coronavirus cases.

The UPSC has postponed other exams as well.

The exam for selection of enforcement officers in the Employees' Provident Fund Organization which was scheduled on May 9 has been postponed. "As and when dates are decided for the deferred Tests/Interviews, it will be ensured that candidates are given a notice of at least 15 days," the Commission has informed candidates.

The Commission has also deferred the registration for Combined Medical Services exam which was scheduled to begin on May 5.