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KAS exam: Big trouble for PSC in offing
Commission throws rules to winds, leaves deserving aspirants in lurch
8/18/2017 10:27:18 PM
Early Times Report

Jammu, Aug 18: The Public Service Commission, which is mired in controversies, is in news again for wrong reasons. This time due to controversial list of candidates of Kashmir Administrative Service.
Top sources within the government revealed that initial investigations have revealed that the final list made public by the PSC has not been compiled while keeping in view the standard operating procedure. It was divulged by the sources privy to the development that without any solid grounds the candidates who were in the previous list have been dropped in the second list made public by the PSC recently. Earlier, the cut off was 270.77 marks, and after revaluation, the Commission decided to have cut off point at 277.275, and as such all the candidates who have secured between 270 and 277 marks have been dropped.
A senior official told Early Times that the Supreme Court guidelines have been out rightly ignored by the PSC as the Commission cannot fix new cut off. "If it is done, it can have the retrospective effect. The Supreme Court has given clear-cut directions that the rules cannot be amended that have the retrospective effect," said the official. Furthermore, while throwing rules to the wind, the Commission has allegedly done revaluation of the answer keys which is not permitted under rules. "You cannot add or subtract anything in the answer keys, if you have done this it goes contrary to the rules according to which answer keys cannot be touched. However, the PSC has done this," sources said. Pertinently, the PSC had issued the fresh prelims list after the aggrieved candidates filed an RTI on March 24, seeking the key, Xerox copy of OMR sheets, and total score obtained. During inspection of OMR sheets, the answer keys of general studies and political science were exhibited without authority and against rule, the notification reads.
Amid hue and cry, the PSC kept preliminary result in abeyance and notification for KAS mains was withdrawn. 36,681 candidates had appeared in both the papers in the prelims held on March 19. The result was declared on April 23, with 6925 candidates declared to have qualified for the mains by making the last cut off point as 270.477 out of aggregate of 450 marks.
The candidates while crying foul over such a sorry state of affairs said that the PSC has made mockery of the entire KAS examinations, and as such the final recruitment done in the process would be faulty and sans any credibility.
"It is the mockery done by the PSC to the entire process. How could the Commission set a new cut off and drop the already selected candidates? When has this been done in the past? It is for the first time that such a vital exam is being taken non-seriously by the Commission and the deserving candidates have been left in the lurch. We were coerced to approach the court of law that has now stayed the list. We hope justice will be delivered soon," the aggrieved candidates said.
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