New Delhi: The UPSC civil services exam scheduled on October 4 cannot be postponed over the coronavirus crisis, the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) told the Supreme Court on Monday (September 28).

The top court was hearing a plea filed by UPSC aspirants, seeking postponement of upcoming Civil Services (prelims) Exam' 20. The court asked the UPSC to file its affidavit by tomorrow and will hear the case again on October 23.

The petitioners had sought postponement of the Civil Services Exam for two to three months, so that the flood/ incessant rains go away and COVID-19 curve flattens.

The plea filed by Vasireddy Govardhana Sai Prakash and others submitted that the decision of the UPSC to conduct the exam in accordance with the impugned Revised Calendar, violates the rights of the petitioners and those similarly situated, under Article 19 (1) (g) of the Constitution to practice their chosen profession/occupation of serving the public.

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The UPSC civil services examination 2020 is scheduled for October 4.

In the last hearing, the top Court had asked advocate Alakh Alok Srivastava, appearing for the petitioners, to serve a copy of the petition to the UPSC and Centre.

Around 6 lakh aspirants are expected to appear in the UPSC Prelims this year, which will be conducted at various centres across 72 cities in the country.

The exam was initially scheduled for May 31 but had to be postponed due to COVID-19. On June 5, UPSC released the revised examination schedule, setting October 4 as the new date for holding the examination.