The Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission (UPPSC), in a notification released on August 5th, stated that the 2018 PCS exam will be postponed. The exam was scheduled to be conducted on August 19th, but it is now scheduled for October 28th, 2018.
The notification does not state the reason for postponing the exam, but the Times of India is reporting that the Commission has received a record number of applications from aspiring candidates, which has led to the UPPSC PCS exam being postponed. The report states that the Commission has received around 6.5 lakh applications to date and thus it has to re-draft the entire examination centre selection process.
Generally, the Commission receives around 4.5 lakh applications for the PCS exam, but this year the Commission has witnessed a 45% increase in the number of applications.
The Commission had started receiving applications for the recruitment drive from July 6th. This year there are 831 vacancies under general recruitment and 1 vacancy under special recruitment for differently-abled persons. The general vacancy number includes a record number of Sub Divisional Magistrates (119) and around 100 Deputy Superintendents of Police (DSPs).
As reported earlier, this year there will be negative marks for the UPPSC PCS exam. The Commission will deduct one-third mark for each wrong answer in the Preliminary exam.