Srinagar: The KAS aspirants asked to submit forms for mains examination at the last moment on High Court orders are seeking postponement of the examinations.
The High Court last week directed that 429 candidates dropped in the revised list of prelims result be included in for the main examination after which the Public Service Commission asked them to submit form the examination scheduled for February 15.
On February 8, the commission asked these 429 aspirants to submit their forms along with all the documents within two days. The aspirants said it was not possible for them to submit form as on 9th February Kashmir was closed because of a strike and the 10th was a bank holiday. The date was later extended to Feb 12.
The aspirants accused PSC of putting them under tremendous stress by denying them enough time for prepare for the examination.
Aspirants who talked to Kashmir Reader said that while other aspirants were given 30 days to submit forms, they got few odd days to submit the forms and prepare for the exam as well.
“Does this mean equal footing as court order provides for. Why the commission failed to abide by order of the court in the first instance. Do we get preparation time. How we can write the main exams when we are leaving our books to submit documents at the last hours,” one aspirant said.
“Is this equality that Article 14 of our constitution upholds. Is this competency of the commission. Don’t we need peaceful time for preparation,” he said.
The aspirants blamed the PSC of “concealing its failures” and playing with the career of the students.
For the 277 KAS positions advertised in 2016 Prelims examination was conducted in March 2017. After the PSE announced the results, more than 20 wrong answers were detected in the official key, after which Commission issued a revised cut off list, dropping 429 candidates from the first list.
Though a single bench ordered the commission to include the dropped candidates, the PSC challenged the ruling. A division bench however upheld the ruling, forcing the PSC to include the candidates.
“On February 7, 2018 DB ordered the commission to abide the single bench order till the final judgment by BD. On 8th February the commission has notified these 429 aspirants to submit their forms along with all the documents within two days,” the aspirant alleged.
The demand for postponement of KAS (2016) Mains exams also echoed in the J&K Legislative Assembly on Monday with lawmakers seeking personal intervention of Chief Minister (CM).
Speaking on the last day of the budget session, CPI (M) leader and MLA Kulgam Muhammad Yousuf Tarigami sought personal intervention of the Chief Minister to defer KAS 2016 Mains exams by a couple of weeks.
Tarigami said that the candidates were in a state of distress due to the decision of Public Service Commission (PSC) to hold exams as per already notified schedule.