New Delhi:4/10/20: The Civil Services Preliminary Examination 2020 conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) began at 2569 centers across 72 cities in the country. More than 10 lakh candidates have applied for the Civil Services Examination this year.
The candidates who qualify the UPSC Civil Services Prelims will be shortlisted for the main exam which is scheduled to be held in January 2021. Earlier, the UPSC had scheduled the examination on May 31. However, due to COVID-19 pandemic, the commission postponed the examination on October 4.
UPSC Prelims 2020 Shift Timing
The Civil Services Preliminary Examination 2020 will be conducted in two shifts, first will be held from 9:30 am to 11:30 am, while the second shift will take place between 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm.
COVID-19 Guidelines For UPSC Aspirants
The commission has also released certain guidelines to be followed by the candidates on the day of examination.
Candidates without mask/ face cover will not be allowed entry into the venue,” reads the official notification by the UPSC.
Candidates can also bring their own hand sanitizers in transparent bottles, it read.
Candidates have to follow COVID-19 norms of ‘social distancing’ as well as ‘personal hygiene’ inside the examination halls/rooms as well as in the premises of the venue, said the UPSC.
UPSC Prelims 2020 Entry Rules Inside Examination Hall
Candidates are advised to bring a copy of their to admit card to their respective examination center or else they won’t be allowed to appear in the examination.
The candidates are also required to bring along their photo ID card, whose number is mentioned on the e-admit card, for appearing at each session of the examination, said the UPSC official notification.
Candidates will be allowed to enter the examination center only 10 minutes before the commencement of the exam (09:20 am in the morning shift and 02:20 pm in the afternoon shift). No candidate shall be allowed the entry into the examination venue after closure of the entry