Published: 10th January 2023
UPSC extra attempt is 'natural justice'. Here's what students are saying on Twitter
Aspirants are planning on filing a fresh petition in the Supreme Court demanding an extra attempt to clear the UPSC exam, claiming that the COVID-19 pandemic hampered their attempts
Aspirants of the Union Public Services Commission (UPSC) Civil Services Examination (CSE) have been waging a sustained battle to demand an extra attempt to write the exam. The aspirants claim that the COVID-19 pandemic robbed them of their final attempts in the years 2021 and 2022 and therefore, have been seeking a compensatory attempt to clear the test.
Students have found support from all quarters, with over 125 Members of Parliament (MPs) writing to Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, requesting him to grant an extra attempt to the aspirants in 2023. The PM is also the Cabinet Minister of the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and it is with him that the decision to grant the extra attempt rests.
Protests were staged in December at Old Rajinder Nagar, Delhi last year. However, these protestors were reportedly lathi-charged and detained by the police. Hashtag campaigns on Twitter, which have become a feature of agitations by students in recent years, have also been trending over the last few months. Now, students are planning on filing a fresh petition in the Supreme Court, demanding the extra attempt.
On Twitter, students and supporters from across the country have been trying to make a case for why an extra attempt is the need of the hour. One user, Prabhat Kr Sharma calls it "natural justice."
Giving one extra attempt & two year relaxation in age to #UPSC— Prabhat Kr. Sharma, PFS (@prabhatk1729) January 9, 2023
Aspirants affected from #COVID during 2020, 21 & 22 will give them #
Government should approve it asap#UPSCExtraAttempt2023 #UPSCextraattempt #UPSCCompensatoryAttempt2023 #UPSCAspirantsProtest #UPSC https://t.co/OphHxCGK4U
Yet another student, Tanmay Patra reiterates the argument that has been made by the protestors. Aspirants for the State Selection Commission (SSC) examinations were granted age relaxations, owing to the pandemic. A Parliamentary Standing Committee, which was formed to look into the impact of the pandemic, stated that the students required an extra attempt to write the exam. Recently, the Supreme Court asked the authorities to take a "lenient" stand towards the students' demands. In fact, Patra goes on to claim that granting the extra attempt would not only benefit lakhs of candidates, but also give the PM Modi-led BJP an "edge" in the upcoming election.
Hon'ble Supreme Court directed for lenient view regarding legitimate demand of the aspirant & many of us worked as a Covid warrior. Millions of aspirants will benefit in your single decision & it will give you an edge in the upcoming elections.#UPSCExtraAttempt2023 pic.twitter.com/l46DT8AZoX— Tanmay Patra (@TanmayPatra9696) January 9, 2023
The students also received support from UPSC trainers and coaches. Mridul Purohit, Founder of the Chrome IAS Academy, as per his Twitter bio, also wondered why the UPSC was reluctant from granting an extra attempt when the SSCs had proceeded to do so.
#upscaspirantsprotest#UPSCCompensatoryAttempt2023— mridul purohit (@mridulpurohit) January 9, 2023
Met protesting aspirants, saw hope in eyes but disappointment in their hearts.
One thing is perplexing,if SSC and State Commsn's has given compensatory attempt-What's Stopping @DoPTGoI @PMOIndia. @UpscExtra @UPSCExtraAttmpt
Mayur Mogre, another UPSC educator adds that COVID-19 was "one of the biggest hurdles" in the students' preparation over the last two years and therefore, an extra attempt was required.
Clearing UPSC & becoming a Civil servant is not just a dream of aspirants but an Emotion, COVID was one of the biggest hurdle during the process, hence there has to be Extra attempt. #UPSCExtraAttempt2023 #UPSCAspirantsProtest #UPSCextraattempt #UPSCCompensatoryAttempt2023— Mayur Mogre (@MayurMogre2) January 9, 2023
What do the authorities have to lose from granting an extra attempt to the UPSC candidates? That is what Assistant Commissioner of Police - Varanasi Commissionerate, Priyashree Pal wonders. Here's what she said on Twitter on the matter.
My heart goes out for these guys. I request the concerned people to consider their request on sympathetic grounds. After all it’s about their life. No one has anything to lose from it. #upscextraattempt #UPSCCompensatoryAttempt2023 https://t.co/zgIEhxUVK4— ACP Priyashree Pal (@PriyashreePal1) January 9, 2023