NESO seeks PM’s intervention for one-time relief to UPSC aspirants affected due to COVID

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Seeking the intervention of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi for compensatory attempt in 2022 as a one-time relief for all UPSC Civil Services and all other Group A, B & C SERVICES Central Government exams candidates, who were severely affected due to COVID-19 pandemic, the North East Students Organisation (NESO)  has submitted a memorandum to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

In a memorandum to the PM on Wednesday, NESO chairman Samuel Jyrwa said, “(We are) sending this representation to you with a deep sense of anguish on the very crucial issue of UPSC Civil Services Exam and all the Group A, B & C Central government exam aspirants of India in general, and for North-Eastern states in particular who got badly affected due to covid pandemic.”

“In this context, NESO, is urging upon the Government of India to take a sympathetic call on this very crucial issue by considering relaxation for pandemic affected years,” he said.

The NESO also urge that all the aspirants who had the last attempt in the year 2020 shall be entitled with two years age relaxation and two more attempts.

“The aspirants who had the last chance in 2021 should be given another attempt considering the fact that they were affected for the year due to the pandemic.

This is to be made applicable to all aspirants who are ineligible either due to being age-barred or by virtue of exhausting their permissible number of attempts, in UPSC Civil Services exam along with all other Group A, B & C service recruitment exam conducted by Central government (UPSC/SSC/IBPS/RBI etc.),” he added.

The NESO also stated about the plight of lakhs of candidates who had their last attempt in 2020 and 2021 and are ineligible to appear in 2022, either due to being age-barred or by virtue of exhausting their permissible number of attempts, in UPSC Civil Services exam along with all other Group A, B & C service recruitment exam conducted by Central government (UPSC/SSC/IBPS/RBI etc.) in the midst of Covid-19 pandemic in 2020/2021.

It said even those who attempted the paper also faced many hardships due to this pandemic.

The candidates in essential services and frontline workers had to attend to the rigorous covid duty during the pandemic, and as a result they were unable to effectively attempt the paper.

It also said the candidates from remote areas and hinterlands had to migrate back from their study centers to their native places and the candidates from economically poor section had to bear the intense brunt of lockdown as many of them lost their jobs.