For the first time, candidates appearing for the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) exams can withdraw their applications in case they are not prepared to write the exam.
This step is crucial as it will ease pressure on candidates who feel underprepared before appearing for these exams that are much-coveted and highly-competitive.
Since the UPSC has limited the number of attempts, this move will also help candidates from losing out on an attempt.
However, it is important to note that the application fee paid by the aspirants will not be refunded if they decide to withdraw their applications.
According to a report in the Financial Express, the decision came about after some candidates expressed their wish to cancel their candidature as they were not prepared. Taking these requests into consideration, the Commission decided to introduce the provision of withdrawal of application.
The rules for withdrawal can be found in the latest examination notification issued by the UPSC for Engineering Services Examination, 2019. You can download the notification from the UPSC website here.
Under Section 2.1 and Appendix II-B, the notification states:
- You are advised to go through the instructions carefully before filling up the request for withdrawal of application.
- Provide the details of registered application with registration-id. There is no provision for withdrawing incomplete applications.
- Before making the request for withdrawal, keep your registered mobile number and the email-id provided at the time of submission of application, handy.
- Separate OTPs will be sent by the Commission on the registered mobile number and email-id. Request for withdrawal will be accepted only after it is confirmed by validating the OTP sent on both platforms. The OTP will be valid for 30 minutes only.
- Do remember not to share the OTP with anybody else.
- If you have submitted more than one application form, then the higher registration-id of application (meaning, the latest) will be considered for withdrawal and all earlier applications will be treated as cancelled automatically.
- After the final acceptance of the online withdrawal of application, print the authenticated receipt.
- Once the application has been withdrawn, it cannot be revived.
- The UPSC has no provision to refund any fee amount you pay; so in case of successful withdrawal of application, the fee will not be refunded.
- On successful completion of withdrawal of application, an auto-generated email and SMS will confirm the same.
- In case you have not submitted a request for the withdrawal of your application, write to email@example.com immediately.
(Edited by Shruti Singhal)