New Delhi, Sep. 13 (IANS) On Wednesday, the Supreme Court ordered UPSC to issue admit cards to applicants who had been denied permission to sit for the upcoming civil services mains examination due to minor clerical errors in their EWS certificates or the non-issuance of final degrees by their educational institutions.
Two candidates who had been pressured by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) to only present their final degrees as evidence of educational qualification in accordance with the Civil Services Examination Rules, 2023, were given relief by a panel of judges that included Justices A.S. Boppana and Prashant Kumar Mishra.
The petitioners, who were in their final year at the time, uploaded their bona fide certificates from their respective universities along with an assurance that they would submit their final degrees as soon as they became available to them following the announcement of their results by their educational institutions, according to attorneys Gaurav Agarwal and Tanya Shree.
The petitioners, who successfully passed the preliminary examination, filed a case with the Supreme Court protesting the Union Commission’s “arbitrary and unreasonable cancellation of their candidature” on September 1 and August 31 for failing to provide the necessary documentation of their educational credentials.
It is important to remember that candidates may complete the UPSC examination form during their final semester of the qualifying degree test.
Similar to this, ten applicants who had petitioned the Supreme Court to have their applications rejected on technical grounds—such as a mistake on the part of the Competent Authority when issuing the Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) certificate—were given relief.
These candidates were in possession of the Income and Asset Certificate granted to them by the Competent Authority before the deadline of February 21 according to the appeal submitted to the Supreme Court.
The argument also said that their exclusion on the basis of trivial differences stinks of unreasonableness and apparent arbitrariness, denying them the chance to compete for public jobs.