In response to the large number of requests received by the Union Public Service Commission for change in the exam centers, the UPSC has now decided to allow applicants to revise their chosen exam center. In an official public notice issued earlier today at the UPSC website i.e. upsc.gov.in, the Commission has clearly specified that requests for change in exam center for the combined Prelims of IAS and IFS 2020 as well as the Main exams can be placed at the Commission’s website between July 07 to 13, 2020 and July 20 to 24, 2020 till 6.00 PM.
In addition to the center revision process, the UPSC is also allowing candidates to withdraw their applications between August 01 to 08, 2020. Applications can be withdrawn by visiting the official website only. Candidates must note that the terms and conditions and detailed guidelines regarding application form withdrawal were already specified in the detailed advertisements for IAS 2020 & IFS 2020. Accordingly, these conditions will remain valid and unchanged in the process of application form withdrawal.
The official notifications for IAS and IFS 2020 recruitment were published by the UPSC in February 2020 and the Combined Prelims of IAS and IFS are scheduled to be conducted on October 04, 2020. Eligible candidates who applied for the respective recruitment were provided the option to select their preferred exam centers during the online application process. However, the Commission has decided to allow candidates to request for reallocation of the exam centers in light of a large number of applications received.
In the backdrop of the aforementioned circumstances, UPSC is going to allow applicants to request for revision of center allotment for both the Combined Prelims of IAS & IFS 2020 as well as the Main stage exams. The Commission has however notified that the requests for change in the centers are to be considered against the additional seating capacity of exam centers as intimated to the UPSC by the respective centers.
The requests for change of exam center are to be considered on the first-apply-first-allot basis. Therefore, it is advised that candidates who genuinely wish for a change of their exam center must not waste any time and submit their requests as soon as the event commences on the aforementioned dates. Allotment of centers on the first-apply-first-allot basis was followed previously during the application process of IAS and IFS 2020 as notified by the Commission. The terms and conditions of exam center allotment were clearly specified in the corresponding advertisements for IAS 2020 (Exam Notice No. 05/2020-CSP Date: 12/02/2020) & IFS 2020 (Exam Notice No. 06/2020-IFoS Date: 12/02/2020). Every center has a limited capacity and the seats are allocated on the first-apply-first-allot basis. As soon as the allocations reach the capacity, the center is frozen. In such cases, candidates have to choose from the remaining available slots in other centers.