Exam Day Guidelines for Aspirants Appearing in UPSC Prelims 2020

Putting all rumors to bed, UPSC has released the Admit Cards for UPSC Prelims 2020 for the 4th of October, 2020. Amidst the Corona pandemic, all exam centers are upholding the highest possible hygiene standards in order to ensure a safe environment for aspirants. To that effect, UPSC has released updated Exam Day Guidelines for UPSC Prelims 2020.

All aspirants are expected to follow them to the letter. Failing to do so, they will not be allowed to sit for the UPSC Exam as they will inadvertently put the health of all other aspirants as well as invigilators and other staff at risk. Below are the guidelines as published by UPSC for IAS Exam 2020.

No Paper Admit Card To Be Issued

UPSC commission has uploaded the admit card for candidates on their official website for their convenience. The date, time, and center for their UPSC Prelims Exam is mentioned on it, along with the guidelines. Candidates must download their e-admit cards from upsconline.nic.in like every year. No Paper Admit Card Will Be Issued. Candidates must print the e-admit and hang on to the cards until the whole recruitment process is completed. The admit cards will be available on the website till 4 PM on 04.10.2010.

Carry Admit Card And Photo ID To Venue

Candidates must take a print out of their e-admit card, along with the photo ID mentioned in their initial application to the IAS Exam venue. For both sessions, i.e. Paper-I (General Studies) and Paper-II (CAST), candidates must carry these two documents. No candidate will be allowed into the premises without the mentioned documents. Both of these documents will be checked during entry to the venue, as well as by the invigilator during the process of the examination.

Carry Passport Size Photographs

This guideline is conditional. However, it is recommended that you carry 2 copies of your passport size photograph. This is used in case the printout of the photograph on the admit card or entry sheet is blurry. Each copy is essential for each session of the examination. And since candidates have no way of knowing if the clarity on the e-admit printout will be acceptable by UPSC standards, it is highly recommended that you compulsorily carry 2 copies of your passport-sized photograph for the IAS Exam.

Entry Closes 10 Minutes Before Schedule

Please note that tardiness is not tolerated during the UPSC exam. Entry to the venue will be closed 10 minutes before the scheduled commencement of each session of the UPSC Prelims Exam. This means for Paper-I (General Studies), you must enter the venue by 9:20 AM at the latest, and for Paper-II (CSAT), you must enter the venue by 2:20 at the latest. It is recommended that candidates reach the exam venue at least 30 minutes prior to the scheduled time. It is not the best idea to fan your anxiety by being late before such an important examination of your career.

Only Black Ball-Point Pens Allowed, No Accessories

Candidates are allowed to use only black ball-point pens on the OMR sheets for answer scripts and attendance. Any other pen might lead to disqualification. Candidates are also not allowed to carry either a calculator, smartwatches, or mobile phone into the examination hall. Any such accessory, if confiscated, will lead to disciplinary action. You are requested not to carry valuable items to the examination venue. UPSC will not be liable for the loss of any such item.

COVID-19 Specific Exam Day Guidelines For UPSC Prelims 2020

Please read this section carefully. Failure to adhere to these rules will lead to candidates not being allowed inside the examination venue premises. The guidelines are as follows -

  • Wearing a mask/face cover is mandatory for all candidates. Candidates without mask/face cover will not be allowed entry to the venue.
  • Candidates are allowed to bring their own hand sanitizers in transparent bottles.
  • Candidates are expected to follow COVID-19 norms of ‘social distancing’ and ‘personal hygiene’ within the examination hall and the premise of the venue.

Finally, Relax And Do Your Best

You have worked hard towards this. You have given this examination years. Do not let anxiety and stress get the better of you. The pandemic has had an adverse effect on our mental health as it is. Simply try to relax and do your best. This is not the end of the world. You will do great things in life. Do not let one exam tell you otherwise. Good luck!

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