Mumbai: Even as the Civil Services aspirants in flood ravaged Chennai reiterated on Tuesday their demand to postpone the highly competitive exam scheduled to be held on December 18, the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) said that the exam will be held as per the declared schedule.
“As of now, there has been no decision taken to postpone or reschedule the Civil Services Main exam. The exam will be held on December 18, 2015 as per the announced time table”, UPSC Secretary Office said while talking to ummid.com on phone.
As per the time table, the UPSC Main exam is scheduled to begin from December 18 and end on December 23, 2015. Besides releasing the time-table, the UPSC has also issued the Admit Cards through its official website.
The UPSC Main exam is followed by personal interviews. The civil service examination is taken by students to get into the Indian Administrative Service, Indian Foreign Services, Indian Police Service and Indian Revenue Services.
The IAS coaching experts and guides in the meantime are advising the candidates to continue preparing for the exam without giving attention to postponement requests.
“Instead of wasting their time in knowing if the exam is postponed, the candidates should concentrate on their studies”, a teacher at Mumbai based IAS Academy said.
Earlier, the sources in the Union Public Service Commission UOSC) that conducts the examination said that exams cannot be postponed because it could upset the scheduled training of those who cracked the civil services exam last year, and the selection schedule next year.
Hundreds of candidates appearing for the Civil Services Main exam in flood ravaged Chennai have demanded from Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) to postpone the exam, saying the crucial last two weeks before the exams turned traumatic for them.
"The most intensive preparation period is lost, the last 15 to 20 days. Because this is the period we recollect all those things we studied over the last one year," a civil services aspirant said on condition of anonymity.
Their demand to the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) followed similar request made by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, DMK chief M Karunanidhi and other leaders in the state.
Citing the damages and situation in Chennai and other parts of the state because of flood and heavy rains, Jayalalithaa in a letter sent to Prime Minister Narendta Modi on Sunday had urged him to postpone the UPSC exam by at least two months.
"Students from all over the state appearing in the exams use Chennai as the main centre for preparation, staying in hostels in different parts of the city. Their life has been completely disrupted in the last few weeks and they have been unable to concentrate and study for the examination,” Jayalalithaa said in the letter sent to Modi, requesting him to take up the issue with the UPSC.
"This would help students from the state to be on a “level playing field” with their counterparts across in the country", she added.
Jayalalithaa request was backed by DMK leader M.Karunanidhi, who in a similar letter sent to Modi on the same day endorsed a representation made by a group of candidates led by Bala IAS Academy Director S.Balamurugan and Member of Parliament Kanimozhi, leader of DMK group in Rajya Sabha.
Meanwhile, Urban Development Minister Venkiah Naidu who met Jayalalithaa on Sunday said, "I will take up the matter to the concerned Department of Personnel and Training, Government of India. Some of the MPs also spoke to me, I will take up the issue as the earliest."
The Prime Minister Office (PMO) however is yet to take a call on these letters.