New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) on Monday told the Supreme Court that the civil services preliminary exam, scheduled to be held on October 4, cannot be postponed in wake of the coronavirus pandemic. 

The top court was hearing a plea filed by UPSC aspirants seeking a postponement of exams amid the pandemic. UPSC has been asked to file an affidavit by tomorrow. 

The petition had sought postponement of the exam for two to three months in wake of floods and rainfall in various parts of the country and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The plea filed by 20 UPSC aspirants through Advocate Alakh Alok Srivastava againstv conducting of the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination 2020, on October 4, submitted that this seven hours long offline exam, which will be taken by approximately 6 lakh aspirants at test centres in 72 cities across the country, is likely to be a big source of further spread of COVID-19.  

The UPSC counsel objected to the plea, saying it would upset the schedule of the exams. 

After a brief hearing, the bench asked the UPSC counsel to bring on record the reasons for not postponing the exams. The bench will continue to hear the matter on Wednesday. 

Last week, the Supreme Court had issued notice to the Centre and UPSC on the plea filed by aspirants. The SC bench headed by Justice AM Khanwilkar, while seeking a response from the Centre and UPSC, had posted the matter for hearing till today.   

In the earlier hearing, the top court had said: "The plea contended that the exam, being a recruitment examination, is altogether different from an academic examination and thus in the event of its postponement, there would not be any question of delay of loss of any academic session."

Posted By: Abhinav Gupta