Amid a surge in Covid-19 cases in Maharashtra, the state government on Friday postponed the Maharashtra Public Service Commission (MPSC) examination scheduled for April 11 till further orders.

The decision was taken in an online meeting chaired by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and attended by cabinet ministers, Leader of Opposition in the Legislative Council Pravin Darekar, MNS chief Raj Thackeray and senior official.

A statement from the chief minister's office (CMO) said the age mentioned by candidates in the form will be considered whenever the exam is held.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray also conducted a meeting with officials of MPSC and the education department officials to take a review of the situation. After the meeting, it was finally announced that the exam would be postponed. An official circular on the same is awaited.

On March 21, the exam was held with all standard operating procedures related to Covid-19 protocols in place. Candidates were seen wearing masks and maintaining social distancing norms.

The MPSC exams are conducted for the recruitment of Assistant State Tax Commissioner, Assistant Commissioner, Project Officer, Deputy Superintendent in Land Record, Deputy Superintendent in State Excise and other posts in the state government.

Maharashtra is the worst-affected state in the second wave of the pandemic. On Thursday, the state logged 56,286 new Covid cases taking the total number of cases to 32,29,547. Meanwhile, with 376 deaths, the toll rose to 57,028, as per the state health bulletin.

This is the highest number of Covid-related deaths recorded this year. The cases in the state have been on a rise since the second week of February. Several districts have announced stringent lockdowns and curfews to prevent the Covid-19 virus surge, local authorities ordered to shut down educational institutions.