New Delhi, 12 March 2021 - The Maharashtra Public Service Commission (MPSC) announced today that the MPSC Civil Services Preliminary Exam will be held on 21 March. This announcement has been made a day after the Maharashtra Government faced a huge backlash by the aspirants due to the decision on postponing the MPSC exam (which was earlier scheduled to be conducted on 14 March). Following the agitation, CM Uddhav Thackeray assured the MPSC aspirants yesterday that the MPSC Preliminary examination date will be declared tomorrow, and that the exam shall be held in a week’s time from the date announced earlier i.e., 14 March. He said, “Last time when it (MPSC exam) was postponed, I'd assured you it won't be further postponed when next date is declared. Today it was postponed due to COVID. I assure you that postponement isn't for 2-3 months but for few days. Exam will take place in a week's time.” Talking about the postponement of exam date, the CM added that the government doesn’t want to play with the student’s emotions but doesn’t want to play with their health either. “I appeal to students and parents to not lend a shoulder for any political gun," he added. Important Points: \tMPSC candidates will be able to appear for the examination at the centre mentioned on their hall tickets. \tAs per the commission, the MPSC exams scheduled on 27 March and 11 April will be held as per schedule MPSC Exam 2021: Chief Minister’s Guideline Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has mentioned a clear disclaimer/guideline for the MPSC exam dutymen this year. As per him, the people engaged in MPSC exam duty are required to test negative for COVID-19. “It's better that people engaged in the exam duty should be vaccinated first. No one should have any doubt in their mind examiners themselves are infected,” said Thackeray.