A day after the Centre announced that the Union Public Service Commission would conduct civil services (main) examination at 23 centres from December 18 to 23, DMK chief M Karunanidhi on Saturday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to postpone the exam in view of heavy rain and floods in Chennai and nearby districts.

In a letter to Modi, Karunanidhi said: “As one who has personally inspected the flood-affected areas in Chennai, you are quite aware of the devastating consequences of the heavy downpour and sudden unexpected floods. About 1,000 students in Chennai who are preparing for the examinations have been continuously facing innumerable problems due to incessant rain that started in November and continued till the first week of December.”

Chennai floods: Karunanidhi urges PM Modi to postpone civil services (mains) exam

“Students of the state-run All India Civil Services Training Centre, Chennai, met me on Friday and a written representation has been enclosed for favour of your kind information and urgent action,” he said.

“While fully endorsing the representation, I kindly request you to sympathetically examine the representation to postpone the main examinations in view of the practical problems and difficulties detailed by the aspirants,” Karunanidhi said.

As the training centre located on the banks of the Adyar river in Chennai was surrounded by water, the students were left without food and electricity and they fled from the centre. Likewise, students in most parts of Chennai, Puducherry and Andhra Pradesh had been affected by the unprecedented rain and floods, the DMK chief said.

“If the examinations are conducted in accordance with the schedule announced by the UPSC, the aspirants from Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Andhra Pradesh will be facing an unequal competition, which is against natural justice and social justice, as most of these students belong to socially and educationally backward classes,” he said.

E-admit cards:

The UPSC has uploaded the e-admit cards on its website at http://www.upsc.gov.in. The candidates are advised to download their e-admit cards and take a printout thereof. The candidates will have to produce the printout of their e-admit cards at the allotted venue for the examination.

In case the photograph is not visible or available on the e-admit Cards, candidates are advised to carry identical photograph for each session along with proof of identity such as valid identity card, Aadhaar card, voter identity card, driving licence, passport etc to the venue of the examination. No paper admit card will be issued for this examination by the commission


By Adam