Ramakanta Biswas

The Supreme Court has refused to entertain the petitions of three civil services aspirants who had moved the apex court challenging the decision of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).  

The three candidates- Divya, Vimlok Tiwari and Ved Prakash Singh- had approached the top court after the UPSC treated them as general category candidates instead of the Economically Weaker Section (EWS) category in the Civil Service Examinations(CSE) 2022.  

Hearing the writ petitions of the candidates, a bench comprising Justices JK Maheshwari and Justice K.V. Viswanathan, had reserved the judgment on September 5. 

Pronouncing the ruling on Monday, the bench dismissed the three writ petitions filed by certain civil service aspirants citing that they did not submit the certificates regarding Economically Weaker Section (EWS) category in the prescribed format before the prescribed cut-off date for the 2022 Civil Service Examinations(CSE). 

The Court held that the UPSC was justified in rejecting the candidates' claim for EWS quota for not submitting the requisite certificates before the prescribed cut-off date in the specified format, according to a report by The Law Advice. 

The bench also concluded that the UPSC was well within its rights to establish both the document format and the cut-off date for document uploads, the report added.