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khaskhabar.com : Monday, September 18, 2023 12:57 PM
New Delhi. The Delhi High Court on Monday upheld the decision of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) to cancel the candidature of a candidate for the Civil Services (Main) examination due to inadvertent uploading of wrong photographs and wrong signature in the application form.
The candidate had qualified the preliminary exam but he uploaded his brother’s photo and signature by mistake.
He challenged the cancellation before the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) and sought permission to appear in the main examination, but his plea was rejected.
The High Court upheld the CAT decision, noting that after the application window closes, candidates have seven days to correct the application form errors, which the petitioner did not utilize.
It was also observed that he approached the Tribunal about 15 days after his candidature was rejected.
Considering the proximity of the main examination and the delay in seeking remedy by the petitioner, the court dismissed the writ petition.
UPSC argued that candidates will have to preview and confirm their application forms before uploading them, with seven days to make corrections.
Granting relief to the petitioner would be a violation of Article 14 of the Constitution, as it would benefit him
Other candidates were denied this.
The court also took note of the tribunal’s findings that the UPSC instructions based on the Civil Services Examination Rules, 2023 are statutory.
It added that Note 6(1)(e) of the Examination Rules specifies that uploading of irrelevant photograph/signature in place of actual photograph/signature will lead to disqualification.
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