Srinagar: The J&K High court on Saturday directed J&K Public Service Commission to allow 429 candidates, who had figured in the first cut off list but dropped after a revised list was published, to sit in Mains examination of KAS-2016.
While disposing of a writ petition, Justice MK Hanjura said that the candidates figuring in the first list issued by the Commission vide notification No. PSC/Exam/2017/22 dated 23rd of April, 2017, and the the candidates figuring in the revised list issued vide notification No. PSC/Exam/2017/44 dated 9th of August, 2017, “shall be entitled and allowed to sit and participate in the main examination and they are permitted to apply online for the vacancies detailed above within the time to be fixed by the respondent Commission.”
Meanwhile, the court rejected another petition seeking a fresh result of preliminary exams in view of reserved categories.
“As regards the contention of the petitioners in the petition bearing OWP No. 1413/2017, that fresh result of the J&K Combined Competitive Preliminary Examination, 2016, should be prepared in respect of each reserved category, the same is neither permissible nor tenable under the rules as the preliminary test has been conducted merely for screening the candidates eligible to be called in the main examination. Therefore, the grant of this relief is rejected,” the court said.
The court has already disposed one of the petitions pertaining to the conduct of KAS Examination in October this year, wherein the court had directed PSC to consider representation of the aggrieved candidates. But the commission notified the mains examination without making any decision on the representation of the candidates.
On August 9, following a controversy over wrong answer keys shown against 24 questions in the preliminary examination, the J&KPSC declared 429 out of 6925 qualified candidates as unqualified, citing that the candidates could not make the revised cut-off merit of 277.275 marks after applying revised answer keys.
The High Court had stayed the notification regarding the new list of candidates.
Advocate Arif Sikander Mir representing the aggrieved candidates had said that it was against Supreme Court guidelines that the KAS aspirants who were in the first list were dropped from the second list.
“Earlier, the cut off was 270.77 marks, and after revaluation, they have decided to take the cut-off to 277.275 marks. As such, all the candidates who have secured between 270 and 277 marks are out. As per Supreme Court guidelines, they cannot fix new cut-off,” Mir contended.