Will UPSC (IAS) Prelims 2020 Exam be Postponed Post Lockdown Extension?
After the official announcement of the lockdown extension till May 3, aspirants were expecting that the UPSC Prelims 2020 exam will be postponed. However, the recent Press Release by UPSC did not confirm about the postponement of the exam yet. As per UPSC Calendar 2020, UPSC (IAS) Prelims 2020 is scheduled for 31st May 2020. But due to COVID - 19 pandemic & lockdown extension throughout the country there is a huge probability that the exam might be postponed. Check some important points here.
Amid the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic across the country, UPSC has postponed the exam date of the National Defence Academy (NDA) exam and the notification release date of Combined Medical Services (CMS) exam. However, in the latest press release, UPSC clarified that there has been no decision taken on the postponement of the UPSC (IAS) Prelims exam yet. With the major exams and notifications deferred until further notice, there is high speculation whether the UPSC Civil Services Preliminary Exam 2020 will be postponed as well?
Circumstances under which UPSC Prelims 2020 might be postponed
Until now UPSC has not officially confirmed any news regarding the postponing of the Civil Services Exam. However, due to the rising outbreak of the COVID-19, if the situation doesn't recover and lockdown is further extended after May 3, there is a High Probability that the Civil Services Exam 2020 can be postponed.
As we all know lakhs of aspirants appear for the exam, the exam will only be conducted if a situation of mass gathering would be safe and feasible.
When We might Expect the Official Update?
The official notification for the postponing of UPSC – NDA & NA (I) Exam 2020 was released 18 days before the exam. It is expected that if the IAS exam is postponed, the official notification will be released 15-20 days before the exam date i:e between May 10th-20th.
Which Exams have been Postponed During the Lockdown?
Various State Boards, as well as some exams of CBSE Class 10th and 12th Boards, have been postponed. UPSC has also postponed the Personality Test process for Civil Services 2019 Exam.
Keep Your Revision and Preparation Going
Even though the speculation for the postponement of the UPSC IAS exam is high, aspirants should not cut down study hours from their daily schedule. It is necessary that students invest the same effective hours on studies without keeping the Postponement in mind. Aspirants should rather consider this extra time as a silver lining in the dark sky and utilize it to enhance their knowledge.
With study hours extending to 12-14 hours, every day, Quarantine is not a new word for the aspirants of UPSC Civil Services. Aspirants should try to be away from the negative news and updates and concentrate on the study plan.
All the best!