UPSC Allows Candidates to Withdraw their Applications – What this Means

In the latest reform to civil services and other UPSC examinations, the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has allowed candidates to withdraw their applications if they do not wish to appear for the UPSC examination.

This was announced by UPSC Chairman during the 92nd Foundation Day celebrations.

What is the Rational Behind Allowing Candidates to Withdraw their Applications?

Earlier, UPSC disallowed a candidate from withdrawing his/her application to the civil services exam and other examinations conducted by the UPSC once the candidate had submitted the application form to UPSC. But as per UPSC statistics, only about 50% of the candidates who apply for the civil services Preliminary exam every year actually appear for the Preliminary exam. This also holds true for the other exams like Indian Forest Service, Indian Engineering Service etc. for which UPSC conducts the Preliminary exam.

This results in “50% wastage of energy and resources” like printing of question papers, arranging examination centres, invigilators, security guards etc as per UPSC.

By allowing a candidate to withdraw his/her application to the civil services examination and other examinations conducted by the UPSC, wastage of precious resources can be minimised in the national interest.

How will this Move Benefit the Candidate?

This move of UPSC to allow candidates to withdraw their application to the Preliminary examination will reduce the exam stress and burden on the candidates and the candidates can save their valuable attempts if they feel that they are not adequately prepared to tackle the Preliminary examination and would rather skip that year’s Prelims and save their attempt rather than rush into the exam hall unprepared.

Since there are only 6 attempts for General category candidates and 9 attempts for OBC candidates (no limit on the number of attempts for SC/ST category candidates till 37 years of age), this move to allow withdrawal of applications by UPSC will be a boon to IAS aspirants.

When Will this Move be Implemented by the UPSC?

UPSC has announced that it will be introducing the option to withdraw the application to the Preliminary exam from the Preliminary exam of Indian Engineering Service (IES) to be held in 2019. Gradually this facility will be extended to other examinations as well, including, the civil services examination.

What are your views on this reform measure introduced by the UPSC?

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