Addressing on the occasion of the 92nd Foundation Day celebrations on Monday, Union Public Service Commission chairman Arvind Saxena said that out of 10-lakh plus aspirants roughly 50% candidates appear the Prelims.
Adding to this statement he also said “The Commission has to book venues, print papers, hire invigilators and ship the documents for all the 10-lakh applicants. It turns out to be a 50% waste of energy and resources.
The UPSC’s view is that if we are able to work with genuine and serious candidates, we can give them better facilities and make our system more efficient”.
Considering this huge loss UPSC has announced that candidates can withdraw applications if they are not fully prepared to sit for the examination.
This arrangement will begin with the Engineering Services Examination, 2019 and more examinations will be brought under this arrangement.
This is a significant move made by the UPSC as it will save candidates from losing their attempt. In UPSC there are limits for some examinations. However, no examination fee will be refunded by the Officials.
The move ensued after some of the candidates had wished to cancel their candidature as they were not prepared. Taking into account these requests, the Commission decided to introduce the facility of withdrawal of the application.
With a view of reducing the stress for the candidates, the UPS has brought an increasing number of exams related interactions and transactions online.
In this regard, Arvind Saxena said the UPSC is planning to shift from a ‘pen and paper mode to a computer-based mode along with cutting down of the time cycle of each examination.
To utilize a new facility, the candidates have to
- Provide the details of the registered application with registration-id. There is no provision for withdrawing incomplete applications
- Keep your registered mobile number and the email-id provided at the time of submission of application, handy
- A separate OTP will be sent by the Commission on the registered mobile number and mail-id. The OTP will be valid for 30 minutes only. After confirming the validity of the OTP request for the withdrawal will be accepted.
- If more than one application is submitted then the latest one will be considered for withdrawal and all earlier applications will be treated as canceled automatically
- After the final acceptance of the online withdrawal of the application, print the authenticated receipt
- Once the application has been withdrawn, it cannot be revived
- No money will be refunded by the UPSC
- candidates will get an auto-generated email and SMS on their registered email-id and mobile number
- Candidates who have not submitted the request for withdrawal of application may contact UPSC on email-id: firstname.lastname@example.org
These facilities provided by UPSC have heightened the responsibilities of UPSC.