MAY 04, 2020
The UNION PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION held a special meeting on May 4, 2020, to review the situation after the second phase of the nation-wide lockdown due to COVID-19. Taking notice of the extension of
restrictions, the Commission decided that it will not be possible to resume examinations and interviews for the present.
The Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination, 2020, scheduled to be held on May 31, 2020, therefore stands deferred. Since this examination also serves as the screening test for the Indian Forest
Service Examination, the schedule for the Indian Forest Service Examination is also deferred. The situation will be reviewed again on May 20, 2020, and fresh dates for these examinations shall be notified on the UPSC website in due course.
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.
As and when dates are decided for the deferred tests/examinations, it will be ensured that candidates are given a notice of at least 30 days.
What Can be the New Expected Date for UPSC Prelims?
New Date for UPSC IAS Prelims entirely depends on the Situation of Pandemic in our Country. If Pandemic is contained within the next two months i.e May and June then we can expect the Preliminary Exam in First-week of August this Year. In the Best Case Scenario ( Which is unlikely though) Prelims can’t be conducted before 20th of June 2020.