Even after the court has directed it to allow us take mains tests, the Public Service Commission is playing foul with us with the sole intention of thwarting out chances to crack the said exams.” This is what a group of KAS aspirants allege…
277 KAS posts were advertised in 2016 and preliminary tests were conducted in March 2017.
Aspirants said that there were more than 20 wrong answers in the official key. After a slugfest over the issue, PSC released a revised list of those having qualified the prelims – “thus ousting 429 aspirants who were included in the first list,” the aggrieved aspirants said.
“We approached the court and got a direction that we 429 candidates be allowed to appear in the main exams on ‘equal footing’.”
But PSC didn’t do it and instead challenged the direction, but on February 07, 2018, double bend of the High Court ordered the Commission to abide the single bench order till the final judgment.
So on February 08, PSC notified these 429 aspirants to submit their forms along with all other documents within two days.
“Is it possible for us to do so — on February 09, Kashmir was closed on separatists’ call (Afzal Guru’s death anniversary) and on 10th it was bank holiday,” the aggrieved candidates ask.
On February 10, PSC extended the date of submitting the forms till 12th February.
“Today is Sunday, a holiday. Now please tell us how is it possible for 429 candidates to complete all formalities in a single day tomorrow(Monday Feb 12)” they asked adding that other aspirants were given 30 days to submit forms.
“Isn’t it sheer injustice? They (PSC) are expecting us to get ready for mains in just six days. Is it possible?” asked one of the aspirants who added that PSC had thrown them into great stress.
They said they suffering a mental trauma due to the PSC’s “unrealistic and vindictive” attitude.
“Is this the ‘equal footing’ as has been mentioned in court order?.”
The aggrieved candidates have appealed the Chief Minster Mehbooba Mufti to intervene in the matter.