COVID-19 lockdown: UPSC exams not canceled, do not fall prey to fake news
A decision on fresh dates for the remaining Civil Services -2019 Personality Tests will be taken after May 3, 2020, following the second phase of the lockdown.
Press Information Bureau refuted fake news that was aired on a Marathi TV channel claiming that all Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) exams are canceled due to the outbreak of coronavirus. PIB in one of its recent tweets posted a fact check stating “Press Information Bureau (PIB) has released a fact- check: Claim: A Marathi TV channel has reported that examinations held by UPSC have been canceled, in wake of #COVID2019. Fact: This is false. Any re-scheduling if necessary, will be notified on the UPSC website.”
On April 14, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the extension of the 21-day lockdown in the country. The decision is taken in order to contain the COVID-19 spread. The lockdown extension led to further postponement of many examinations including UPSC. Earlier, in a press release, PIB informed that the decision on fresh dates for remaining civil services personality tests will be notified on the commission’s official website.
The press release stated “A decision on fresh dates for the remaining Civil Services -2019 Personality Tests will be taken after May 3, 2020, following the second phase of the lockdown. Dates for the Civil Services- 2020 (Prelim), Engineering Services (Main) and the Geologist Services (Main) Examinations had already been announced. Any re-scheduling in these examinations, if necessitated by the evolving situation, will be notified on the website of the UPSC.”
Soon after the extension of the lockdown, UPSC released the postponement notice for various exams including NDA, IES, combined medical services examination and ISS. Candidates are advised not to fall for fake news and check the official website of UPSC at upsc.gov.in for all the latest updates regarding exams.