The Supreme Court on Saturday refused to postpone the civil services preliminary examination scheduled for Sunday, saying the objections raised by students on the comprehension part have been addressed.
In a special hearing, a bench headed by Justice JS Khehar dismissed the plea for a stay on the examination. “The exam can’t be stayed at the last hour when nine lakh students are ready to appear,” said the bench after giving the case a patient hearing.
It rejected the petitioner’s contention that the examination favoured students from a science background. “You have pointed out only one point that is on comprehension and it has been removed. The defect has been remedied,” the bench said referring to UPSC’s decision asking candidates not to answer questions in the English Comprehensive section of the preliminary exam, following protests over its inclusion.
Appearing for petitioner Angesh Kumar, advocate Ravindra S Garia argued that the present pattern of examination was already skewed against students from non-urban backgrounds and those from non-science backgrounds.
“Your difficulty has been removed so you are in better position. Your grievance has been decided in your favour,” the bench said, adding these were academic issues which should be left to the government and expert bodies to decide.
It also asked the petitioner why he approached the court so late.
“Why do you need more time? Nine lakh students are ready to appear in the exam...all students applied in May and they have prepared for the exam,” it said.