COVID-19: AILAJ Demands To Postpone The Main Written Examination For The Civil Judge Exam


  1. Shri Edappadi K. Palaniswami Honourable Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu Sevvanthi,


P.S. Kumarasamy

Raja Salai, Chennai-600028

2. Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission TNPSC Road Park Town

V.O, C. Nagar Chennai 600003

Sub: Urgent need to postpone the Main written Examination for the civil judge exam, to be held on 17 and 18 October, amidst the Covid-19 pandemic.

Respected Sir/Madam,

Th All India Lawyers Association for Justice is shocked to observe that the Tamil Nadu Judicial Service – Main Written Examinations, conducted by the Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission (TNPSC) is scheduled to happen on 17/10/2020 and 18/10/2020 in Chennai amidst the ongoing pandemic. This decision by the TNPSC comes at a time when Tamil Nadu is the third most affected State with over 5,00,000 confirmed cases in the State. And Chennai has the most number of cases of Covid-19 in Tamil Nadu. The pandemic continues to be at its peak.

The written examination is expected to be taken by 248 candidates, traveling from different districts of Tamil Nadu. During this extremely precarious state of the pandemic, we believe that it is an extremely insensitive and harmful exercise to compel the candidates to travel to Chennai, which is a

hotspot of the virus. We also fear this shall expose every student towards being affected by the Covid-19 virus.

The exam consists of 4 papers scheduled to happen in 4 sessions in 2 days i.e, 2 Papers per day. Each session is of 3 hours. There shall be a one hour break after the first paper of 3 hours. Therefore, the candidates shall remain in the examination centres throughout the day for two days in a closed room. The 248 candidates shall travel from all districts of Tamil Nadu and even if one of them tests positive in one of the examination centres, the entire batch of candidates in that particular centre shall be exposed to that risk. Besides, the candidates shall also come in contact with others throughout their journey and during their stay in Chennai. This can result in a catastrophe.

Under the given circumstances of an eased unlock process, safe travel to Chennai shall be a very difficult proposition for all the candidates. And at a time when the number of cases in Chennai are rapidly increasing, it shall be an immense threat for those candidates with comorbidities to guard themselves from being affected.

It is repeatedly advised by the government that travel should be undertaken only in dire circumstances and people must stay home to ensure safety. Yet, it appears from this notification to conduct the written examinations amidst the pandemic, that the TNPSC is compelling the candidates to travel inter district under such aggravated risks. It has to be understood that travel is a very big risk in this time of the pandemic and not everyone can afford private cars. Public transport should be avoided at all costs. It is incomprehensible that when Chennai is still grappling with the increasing number of Covid-19 cases, why is the TNPSC adding to that complication by inviting 248 more people into the city, for one gathering, for two full days, from across the districts of Tamil Nadu.

AILAJ is extremely concerned by this announcement about the conduct of the written examinations by the TNPSC amidst the height of the pandemic.

We strongly urge that the examinations must be postponed immediately, until the pandemic is controlled.

Thank You,

Yours faithfully

Adv. G. Ramesh

State Convener Tamil Nadu

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