The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has decided to postpone the civil services Mains examination by a month. While the examination was initially scheduled to be conducted from November 5, as per the new dates the examination will now be held for five days starting December 1.
Previously, the examination used to be held for a period of 20 days or more. Now, the entire process has been reduced to less than a week, observers said.
“This is on account of the changes introduced in the examination. As there are more compulsory papers and only one optional, the entire process can be completed much faster,” said Gopal Krishna, director, Brain Tree coaching centre.
The reduced time-frame will be a major advantage for the working professionals as they need only a few days of leave to appear for the examination, he added.
The UPSC seems to have postponed the examination as it had to issue a fresh notification of the Mains examination recently. The commission introduced a few changes in the exam pattern in the first notification issued last month.
However, following uproar in both the houses of the Parliament over the proposed changes, the commission had to issue a fresh notification this month by retaining the same pattern of examination as that of last year.
“It is only just and fair that the examination should be postponed. The students deserve the extra time,” coaching experts said.