The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) will conduct the civil services exam 2021, preliminary phase on 10th October.
UPSC, last week said, according to the series of instructions, the candidates taking the civil services preliminary test will be required to wear a mask or face cover. Candidates are also ordered to follow COVID-19 social distancing norms, and maintain personal hygiene inside exam centers and premises.
The examination functionaries can ask to remove their masks for verification, whenever required and candidates may bring their own hand sanitizer (small size) in a transparent bottle.
Faculty members providing training for clearing the civil services examination advised aspirants to rely on their preparation rather than panicking at the last moment. The UPSC, in its instructions also said that candidates should not be in possession of or using any mobile phone (even in switched-off mode), pager or any electronic equipment, programmable device, storage media like pen drive, smartwatches, etc., camera or Bluetooth devices or any other equipment or related accessories either in working or switched-off mode capable of being used as a communication device during the examination but the use of normal or simple wrist watches are allowed.
The civil services examination is conducted in three stages; preliminary, main and interview to select officers of Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS) and Indian Police Service (IPS) among others.
The civil services preliminary exam was earlier scheduled to be held on 27th June but later postponed due to the second wave of COVID-19.