New Delhi: As Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the second phase of the lockdown on April 14 which will extend till May 3, a special meeting of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) was held on Wednesday to discuss the re-scheduling of entrance exams and interview dates.

In the view of the prevailing lockdown restrictions and physical distancing norms, it was decided that the dates for all interviews, examinations and recruitment boards where candidates and advisers are required to travel from all parts of the country will be reviewed from time to time. The decision about the fresh dates for the remaining civil services 2019 personality tests will be taken after May 3. Dates for the civil services 2020 (prelims), engineering services (main) and the geologist services (main) examinations have already been announced.

The deferment notices for Combined Medical Services examinations, the Indian Economic Services and the Indian Statistical Examinations 2020 have already been posted. Even the National Defence Academy (NDA-I) examination has been postponed till further intimation. A decision regarding the NDA-II examination will be posted on June 10, 2020. Moreover, dates regarding CAPF exams and any other information regarding the rescheduling of the examinations will be notified on the UPSC website.

The commission after reviewing the damage caused to the national economy by the COVID-19 pandemic has recognised the need to conserve financial resources at the national level. Hence, the chairman and members of the UPSC have decided to voluntarily forego 30% of the basic pay received by them for a period of one year starting from April 2020.

In addition to that, all officers and staff members of the UPSC have also volunteered a one-day deduction of their salary to the PM’s Relief Fund/PM’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situation Fund.

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