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Will Corona Virus Pandemic force UPSC to call off the Exam?

By this time it is obvious that there is a huge probability of UPSC Prelims exam to be postponed. The Corona pandemic has got the whole world on its toes and in India the cases are spiking up. The recent extension to the lockdown also indicates lesser hope. Although there hasn’t been an official notification from UPSC as of now, most exams around the country, (University exams, CBSE and ICSE exams, Engineering and Medical College Exams) has been evidently postponed. UPSC in the past has also postponed exams whenever faced with difficulties. Very recently UPSC has postponed the Personality Tests (Interviews) of the candidates of the Civil Services (Main) Examination, 2019 scheduled from 23rd March, 2020 to 3rd April, 2020. This is due to the ongoing crisis caused by the Noval Corona Virus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Other exams postponed:

  • UPSC – NDA & NA (I) Exam 2020
  • NEET 2020 examination.
  • JEE (Main) April 2020 examination.
  • ICAI has postponed the CA
  • AIIMS PG Entrance Examination.
  • AIIMS Professional/Final Examinations 2020.

The effect of COVID-19 is uneven. If the lockdown is about to be lifted, it wouldn’t be an immediate one in a single go. It will be gradual and many states will still be under crisis.

But UPSC is well-known for its unpredictability. So aspirants have to be cautious and restrain from jumping to conclusions until an official notification regarding this matter is out. So look out for any notification from UPSC official website:

The question for you aspirants is what are you going to do about it? Are you going to dwindle the intensity of your efforts? Put a break on your IAS, IPS, IRS, IFS dreams? If you ask us, all we have to say is that it is a very bad idea. We don’t need to remind you of the classic "The Tortoise and the Hare" story from Aesop's Fables, right? More time means better preparation for all of your rivals out there. Each day you let pass, they are getting stronger and faster. Keep that in your mind.

Believers IAS Academy will soon begin new online sessions to reach out to aspirants during this lockdown period. Keep tracking our website and do look into our current affairs material.