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UPSC allows scribes for visually challenged

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In a news that will bring cheer to visually challenged and those with locomotor disability and cerebral palsy, UPSC has decided to allow them to use scribes to help them write Civil Services and Indian forest service examination.

UPSC, the constitutional body has released a notification detailing this progressive step to provide equal opportunities for the disabled.

The notification says that the Blind candidates and candidates with locomotor disability and cerebral palsy where dominant (writing) extremity is affected to the extent of slowing the performance of function (minimum of 40% impairment) will be allowed to write the examination with the help of a scribe in both the civil services (preliminary) as well as in the civil services (main) examination.

Similarly Low vision candidates (minimum 40% impairment) will also be allowed to write the examination with the help of a scribe.

Apart from the scribe, they will be given a compensatory time of twenty minutes per hour for those writing civil services exam and for those giving Indian Forest Service Examination will get additional 60 minutes for each paper.

Cerebral palsy is a kind of neurological disorder that affects body movement. Whereas, locomotive disability means disability of joints and muscles.