The University Grants Commission yesterday requested the Bangladesh Public Service Commission (PSC) to extend the deadline for the 43rd Bangladesh Civil Service exam applications till March 31.
The UGC made the request as many final semester students will not be able to apply for one of the most sought-after recruitment exams since their final exams were not completed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
UGC Acting Secretary Ferdous Zaman sent the letter to the PSC today, said press release of the grants commission.
In the letter, the UGC said that all education institutions have been closed since March 18, 2020, following a government announcement of nationwide closure due to Covid-19. As such, Honour's and Master's degrees exams were not conducted as per schedule.
On December 13 last year, a meeting was held between the UGC chairman and vice chancellors of public universities and a decision was taken to hold all exams of Honour's and Master's degrees.
In that meeting, the university VCs urged the UGC to take steps for extending the deadline of the 43rd BCS applications, the press release said.
Through the general 43rd BCS, 1,814 officials will be recruited, including 300 in public administration, 100 in police, 25 in foreign services, and 843 teachers.
Currently, the application process for the 43rd BCS, which began from 10:00am on December 31, is scheduled to go on till 6:00am on January 30.