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Deepak Yadav v. Union Public Service Commission

Examination ~ UPSC cancelled the candidature of the petitioners for failure to produce the qualifying certificates ~ There is nothing wrong in UPSC strictly adhering to this stipulation, being in the nature of an eligibility criterion ~ At the same time, it cannot, however, be denied that 2020 was an abnormal and cataclysmal year due to the ongoing pandemic, lockdowns and restrictions ~ the petitioners had attained the qualifying eligibility criteria before the main examination was conducted by UPSC ~ It would be inequitable to deny them an opportunity of participating in the selection process because the pandemic has caused delay in declaration of their results by the concerned University. AIR 2021 SC 3775