The Maharashtra Public Service Commission (MPSC) has postponed the State Service Preliminary exam scheduled on March 14 due to rising cases of COVID-19 in the state. Candidates who have registered for the exam are advised to keep visiting the official website for the revised exam date. The new exam date will be announced on March 12, 2021, as informed by Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray. The Commission has also released a notice which is available on the official website - www.mpsc.gov.in.
Maharashtra DGIPR tweeted, "Maharashtra Public Service Commission decides to postpone State Service Pre-Examination 2020 to be held on March 14"
— MAHARASHTRA DGIPR (@MahaDGIPR) March 11, 2021
Around 2.5 lakh candidates have registered for the MPSC State Service Examination. It has released the recruitment notification on December 23, 2019, and accepted the online applications till January 13, 2020. The Commission has released the MPSC State Service Prelims Admit Card on March 2, 2021. The selection of the candidates will be based on the Preliminary, Mains and Interview.
Political leaders reacted to the postponement of the MPSC exam.
Devendra Fadnavis tweeted, "Those who have been preparing for MPSC exams for years due are suffering financially and mentally. The decision to postpone the exam should not be cancelled!#MPSC"
एमपीएससीच्या परीक्षा सातत्याने पुढे ढकलण्यामुळे वर्षानुवर्षे त्यासाठी तयारी करणार्या असंख्य विद्यार्थ्यांचे मोठ्या प्रमाणात आर्थिक आणि मानसिक खच्चीकरण होते आहे. त्यामुळे परीक्षेला स्थगिती देण्याचा निर्णय तत्काळ रद्द करावा! #MPSC @CMOMaharashtra
— Devendra Fadnavis (@Dev_Fadnavis) March 11, 2021
NCP MPLA Rohit Pawar, the grandson of NCP Chief Sharad Pawar, tweeted, that the MPSC examination can be held in a safe manner.
यापुढं कोरोनामुळं कोणतीही गोष्ट न थांबवता कोरोना प्रतिबंधक नियम पाळून आपल्याला पुढं जावं लागेल. त्यासाठी लोकही सहकार्य करतील असा विश्वास आहे. त्यानुसारच #MPSC ची परीक्षाही झाली पाहिजे. मुख्यमंत्री @OfficeofUT साहेब आणि @AjitPawarSpeaks दादा आपण याकडं लक्ष द्यावं, ही विनंती!
— Rohit Pawar (@RRPSpeaks) March 11, 2021
The MPSC conducts the state service exam for the posts of Assistant State Tax Commissioner, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Assistant Commissioner/ Project Officer, Deputy Education Officer in Maharashtra Education Department, Deputy Superintendent in Land Record, Deputy Superintendent in State Excise, Naib Tahsildars and others.
The MPSC has postponed the State Service Preliminary exam a couple of times. It has postponed the MPSC State Service Prelims Exam in April 2020 due to the nationwide lockdown. The Commission has postponed the exam scheduled on October 11 due to the aggressive stance taken by the Maratha organisation due to the Maratha reservation issue.