UPSC Releases New Guidelines for Aspirants

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has recently released new guidelines for aspirants appearing for various examinations conducted by the commission. The guidelines aim to bring in more transparency and ensure a level playing field for all candidates. Here’s everything you need to know about the new guidelines.

1. Aadhaar Card is not mandatory
Aspirants no longer need to provide their Aadhaar card details while applying for UPSC exams. Candidates can now use other government-issued identity proofs like PAN card, passport, voter ID card, or driving license.

2. Age relaxation for EWS category
Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) category candidates will now get age relaxation of up to 10 years in civil services and other examinations like the Indian Forest Services (IFS), Indian Economic Service (IES), and Indian Statistical Service (ISS).

3. Reservation for PwD category
UPSC has also announced horizontal reservation for persons with benchmark disabilities (PwD) in group A and group B services. The reservation is up to 4% of the total vacancies and is applicable for all the services that come under the UPSC.

4. Permission to withdraw application
Candidates will now be allowed to withdraw their applications for exams if they do not wish to appear after submitting the application form. However, the application withdrawal option will only be available during a specific time window, and a fee will also be applicable.

5. E-admit cards on registered mail
UPSC will now send e-admit cards to candidates on their registered email address instead of dispatching physical admit cards. Candidates can also download their e-admit cards from the official website of UPSC.

6. Any misconduct can lead to cancellation of candidature
The new guidelines state that any misconduct detected at the exam center can lead to the cancellation of a candidate’s candidature. Aspirants need to follow all the guidelines issued by the commission and maintain decorum during the exam.

In conclusion, the new guidelines by UPSC aim to make the examination process more transparent and fair. Aspirants need to be aware of the changes and strictly follow the guidelines to increase their chances of success in these highly competitive exams.

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