HC can­cels KAS mains, says hold exam afresh

DIS­CREP­ANCY OVER MERIT LIST The court al­lows 429 can­di­dates dropped from the first pre­lims list to give mains

Hindustan Times (Amritsar) - - Region - HT Cor­re­spon­dent let­ter­schd@hin­dus­tan­times.com ■

Since the exam has been de­layed due to lit­i­ga­tion, we hope and trust that the ap­pel­lant (PSC) makes im­me­di­ate steps to hold the main ex­am­i­na­tion.


SRI­NA­GAR: The Jammu and Kash­mir high court on Tues­day di­rected the Pub­lic Ser­vice Com­mis­sion (PSC) to can­cel the on­go­ing mains ex­am­i­na­tion of Kash­mir Ad­min­is­tra­tive Ser­vice (KAS) and hold it afresh along with the ad­di­tional can­di­dates who were left out by the com­mis­sion’s re-eval­u­a­tion process of pre­lim­i­nary re­sults.

The court said that it has been left with no op­tion but to di­rect the can­cel­la­tion of the mains ex­am­i­na­tion at what­ever stage it is at the present af­ter PSC did not al­low at-least 429 can­di­dates, out of the 6,925 short­listed in pre­lims, to ap­pear in the mains ex­am­i­na­tion.

These can­di­dates were barred by the PSC af­ter it re-eval­u­ated the pre­lim­i­nary re­sults fol­low­ing the rep­re­sen­ta­tions that an­swer key was wrong and is­sued a re­vised list. A group of 25 can­di­dates from the dropped 429 can­di­dates ap­proached the sin­gle bench of the high court which sub­se­quently al­lowed them to ap­pear in the mains ex­am­i­na­tion.

The PSC then ap­pealed be­fore the dou­ble bench of high court say­ing that if they al­lowed the 429 can­di­dates, it would be to­tally un­just and un­fair to the other 2,365 can­di­dates whose marks are greater than the can­di­date who comes at last rank among these 429. A di­vi­sion bench of Jus­tice Janak Raj Kot­wal and Jus­tice San­jeev Ku­mar Shukla set cer­tain con­di­tions be­fore the com­mis­sion goes ahead with the mains ex­am­i­na­tions.

Be­sides the can­di­dates who fig­ure in the list af­ter re-eval­u­a­tion, the court also di­rected the PSC to per­mit 429 can­di­dates who were short­listed in the first re­sult of the pre­lim­i­nary ex­am­i­na­tion but couldn’t par­tic­i­pate in the main exam on the ba­sis of their merit de­ter­mined by the process of re-eval­u­a­tion.

It also di­rected the PSC to per­mit 2,365 can­di­dates who have ob­tained higher merit in the process of re-eval­u­a­tion equal to or more than the marks se­cured by the last can­di­date amongst 429 can­di­dates.

“Since the ex­am­i­na­tion in ques­tion has been de­layed due to lit­i­ga­tion, we hope and trust that the ap­pel­lant (PSC) makes im­me­di­ate steps to hold the main ex­am­i­na­tion and com­plete the whole process cul­mi­nat­ing into the dec­la­ra­tion of the re­sult with­out any fur­ther wastage of time,” the judge­ment said.

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