The KAS issue

We need to see the problem from ethical, social and – yes - legal perspective as well

Rehan Malik
Srinagar, Publish Date: Feb 13 2018 10:36PM | Updated Date: Feb 13 2018 10:36PM
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The Civil Service Exam conducted by JKPSC ran into controversy after the declaration of preliminary result. After resentment by aspirants, the Commission looked into the matter, revised its answer keys and declared a new result.  By doing so, about 429 candidates got ousted from the first published result. These 429, knocked the door of justice and a single-bench order of High-Court allowed them to sit in mains exam.

Till few days back, PSC didn’t allow them to appear for the mains. Now, in a recent notification by JKPSC, initially ousted 429 candidates have been asked to submit their forms within two days, the process which normally takes more than two weeks. Moreover, they have to make themselves exam-ready in just 5 days! Writing mains is not an easy task and five days preparation is not enough and justifiable by any means. To appear in Mains Exam a candidate requires to have expertise of up to graduation level in two subjects and the wide knowledge of General Studies which covers almost all subjects viz Polity, History, Science, Economics, Geography, Statistics, Current Affairs, etc. It is sheer injustice and violation of Article 14 (Right to Equality) and Article 16 (Equality of Opportunity in matters of public employment). It is not a class test where candidates can be notified only 5 days prior. The aspirants should have been provided with adequate time. This action seems arbitrary and unjust.

The other question here arises what stopped PSC not to allow 429 to sit in Exams after single Bench order, whilst now they are doing the same, just 5 days from exam and indeed very late. This whole approach of the concerned authorities has created an air of uncertainty amongst aspirants. In this anxiety we aren't able to focus and prepare. The rumors of social media which spread like wild fire have added to this chaos. These circumstances have taken a heavy toll on our studies because we can’t turn a blind eye towards this air of uncertainty and live in a state of oblivion.

We request the learned Chairman to end this uncertainty first, resolve court matter, let judiciary give its verdict regarding 429 and then conduct exam in a peaceful atmosphere. It is in the best interests of all, candidates as well as the commission. We humbly request the authorities to not take the decisions in haste.

We request PSC not to treat us in a mechanical way, not in a way that we are a project that needs to be completed by hook or by crook.  We are humans and please give due respect to our emotions. We are the future of this beautiful state and want to regard and remember our senior and reputed bureaucrats in a state of high-esteem.

Moreover, the weather conditions in Kashmir are also not in favor for holding such exam, and many aspirants who had to come to valley from outside, their flights have got delayed and cancelled. To add to this some of the candidates have to appear in UPSC interviews too, and keeping their aspirations in consideration, it is also better to defer the exams.

In the end, we would like to say that even if exams are held from 15th of February, it would be a collective loss. We all will be losers in moral and ethical sense.  By being legally correct doesn’t always mean being ethically and morally right too. We request the distinguished chairman to exhibit magnanimity and generosity while dealing with this matter. Please have a look at the ground situation, and postpone the exam. That is the only way we can do justice.




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