The Union Public Service Commission on Wednesday announced that who will be appearing for their civil services preliminary examination can change their exam centres according to their wishes.
The decision has been taken in view of the grim situation of the coronavirus pandemic.
UPSC will be conducting the civil services (preliminary) and IFS (preliminary) examinations on October 4 next.
“Keeping in view a large number of candidates of the civil services (preliminary) examination, 2020 (including the Indian Forest Service (preliminary) examination, 2020) and requests received from the candidates for changing their centres, the Commission has decided to give an opportunity to them to submit their revised choice of centre,” the UPSC said in a statement on Wednesday.
Besides this, the option to change the centres for the civil services (main) examination, 2020, and the Indian Forest Service (Main) examination, 2020, is also being made available, it said.
“The window of submitting the revised choice of Centers by the candidates will be operational in two phases i.e. 7th-13th July 2020 (6 PM) and 20th-24th July 2020 (6 PM) on the Commission’s website https://upsconline.nic.in,” the statement said.
“The candidates are advised to visit the website and submit their choices of centres of the above examination if required,” it added.
The request for change will be considered against the enhanced capacity intimated by the centres for accommodating additional candidates, it said.
“The candidates may please note that their requests for change in the centres will be considered based on the principle of ‘first-apply-first-allot’ basis (which is followed in all the examinations of the Commission and was mentioned in the examination notices of the civil services (preliminary) examination, 2020 and Indian Forest Service examination, 2020) and once the capacity of a particular Centre is attained, the same will be frozen,” the Commission said.
The candidates, who cannot get a centre of their choice due to ceiling, will be required to choose a centre from the remaining ones, it said.