Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) on Monday announced in a press release that the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination, which was scheduled to be held on May 31 has been deferred.
In a press statement, UPSC said the new dates will be announced post reviewing the situation on May 20.
The decision came after UPSC’s review of the situation post the second phase of the nationwide lockdown which ended on May 3. The Commission decided that it won’t be possible to resume examinations and interviews at present.
Nearly 10 lakh candidates register for the civil service preliminary examination every year which will be conducted in over 2,500 centres across the country.
“Since this examination also serves as the screening test for the Indian Forest Service Examination, the schedule for the Indian Forest Service Examination also stands deferred,” UPSC’s statement added.
The central recruiting agency also assured that candidates will be given notice of at least 30 days as and when dates are decided for the deferred test/examinations.
The press note further added, “The Commission has already deferred the following:
(a) Personality test for remaining candidates for the Civil Services Examination, 2019;
(b) Notification for the Indian Economic Service/ Indian Statistical Service Examination 2020;
(c) Notification for the Combined Medical Services Examination 2020;
(d) Notification for the Central Armed Police Forces Examination, 2020 and
(e) the NDA & Naval Academy Examination, 2020.”