New Delhi, May 5 -- Mukbang Pertin, 23, a civil services aspirant in Delhi from Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh, is unsure if he should think about going back home or rather stay here and focus on his studies. There is no clarity on when the next date of the exam he is preparing for will be announced after the nationwide lockdown was extended, with some relaxations, till May 17 on Friday. While many aspirants had left when the lockdown was announced initially, some like Pertin decided to stay back.

As the government makes arrangements to send outstation students back home, a number of aspirants preparing for civil and state service and other competitive examinations, say they are in a fix. Most of them say that they have already registered for...