SRINAGAR: The J&K high court has directed Public Service Commission “not to proceed further” with J&K civil service (Judicial) prelims result announced earlier this week.
“Subject to the objections and till next date of hearing before the Bench (J&K Public Service) Commission shall not proceed further on result of preliminary objective type test,” a bench of Justice Tashi Rabstan said and posted the case for further consideration on October 14.
The court also directed the PSC to file a response to the petition filed by a number of aggrieved candidates alleging discrepancies in various questions asked in Preliminary Objective Test for short listing of candidates for J&K Civil Service (Judicial) Competitive Mains Examination.
The aggrieved candidates has alleged that that the PSC by setting a question paper “full of ambiguities and defects”, has seriously affected their rights of effective participation in the competitive examination. “Official key published for preparation of the result of examination has an effect of converting merit into demerit,” they said
The candidates had made various representations to the PSA against the discrepancies in question booklet and official keys.
They contended that vide notification (no.PSC/EX-15/45 dated 30 September 2015), the PSC notified revised official key whereby 11 questions were deleted and official key of five questions was changed. “The PSC took the action on the recommendations of team of experts constituted by it,” Senior Advocate Z A Shah, counsel of the petitioners, said.
He said that apart from the 11 deleted questions, there are other questions that suffer from defects and discrepancies and liable to be deleted. He contended that the PSC has not deleted such questions with the sole aim to save the examination being declared cancelled and fresh examination conducted as per the rules.
Advocate Shah referred to Rule 12 A(c) of J&K Public Service Commission (conduct of examination) Rules 2005 which reads: “In case the team of the experts confirm the incorrectness of the questions/answers/options/keys, the concerned questions shall be deleted from the paper and the marks allocated therefore shall be redistributed equally amongst the rest of the questions on prorata basis to ensure that the marks allocated for the question paper as a whole remain unchanged.
Provided that, where the number of question so to be deleted exceeds 10% of the total number of questions in that paper, the examination shall be cancelled and fresh examination in that paper shall be held.”