Earlier this week on 13th July 2021, Tuesday, The Hon’ble Supreme Court postponed the hearing regarding the petitions filed by the civil Service aspirants whose candidatures were cancelled as they have not submitted the education qualification proof on the mentioned date.
Since the parties were not able to decide amicably and they were in a process of doing so, this petition was adjourned for 6 months.
The counsel for UPSC in the previous hearing said the counter affordable had filed stating that the eligibility conditions cannot be relaxed for certain candidates on different grounds would be contrary to Article 14 and Article 16 of the Indian Constitution. The UPSC thus, post the petitions filed by the civil Service aspirants whose candidature was cancelled stating that they have not submitted the required proof of educational qualification under Rule 7, Rule 11 of Civil Service Examination Rules, 2020.
In the instant case, the petitioner’s BTech results got delayed. As the exam was conducted at the end of September 2020, only during the end of November 2020 the results were declared. But to appear in UPSC preliminary examinations the petitioner Said she’ll submit the documents as soon as the results are declared.
But according to the rules the candidates had to submit the Qualification proof by 11 November 2020. However, the results of the petitioner were not announced at that time and she requested the commission to allow her to take up the mains examination. The result was out on 28th November 2020 and she was declared pass where she also received the provisional certificate from the University.
In January 2021, she took up her mains exam. Only after this, the petitioner has received the letter which stated that her candidature was cancelled on the ground that she had not submitted the required educational qualification proof.
The plea of the petitioner also contended that an original copy of the documents for the education qualification is required only when the candidate appeared for the personality test but the cancellation of the candidates of the petitioner would render whole injustice even when there was no fault on the petitioner.