As uncertainty prevails in Kashmir, candidates seek postponement of KAS examination

Online survey conducted by CM’s grievance cell backs demand

GKNN
Srinagar, Publish Date: Oct 22 2017 12:51AM | Updated Date: Oct 22 2017 12:51AM
As uncertainty prevails in Kashmir, candidates seek postponement of KAS examinationFile Photo

As Kashmir is facing uncertainty over the past six weeks in the wake of “braid chopping” incidents, the candidates, who have qualified the preliminary KAS examination, have sought postponement of the mains test scheduled from November 7.

The candidates told Greater Kashmir that they are unable to prepare for the examination due to frequent disturbances and shutting of internet services in Kashmir.

“We are unable to concentrate on our studies  due to frequent disturbances.  How can we access study material online when high-speed internet services are being frequently shut by the authorities?” asked Saqib Zargar, a candidate from north Kashmir’s Baramulla district.

“We appeal Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti to intervene in the issue and we make a request to the PSC to put off the examination at least till February.”

The candidates demanded that they should be given enough time for preparation.

“This is not an academic exam, where the students are committed throughout the calendar year. Aspirants have many other commitments. This (if the exam is held on scheduled date) will give advantage to those who study at coaching institutions in places like Delhi and Jammu,” said Nazir Ahmed, another candidate.

The online survey conducted by Tassaduq Mufti, who is coordinator of the CM’s grievance cell, has also favoured postponement of the examination. “Based on the survey so far most candidates are clearly in favour of postponing the KAS exams. It’s a fairly large sample but given the challenge of communication all over the state, we cannot safely assume that this sample is representative of the entire group,” Mufti wrote.

He said, “The points made by candidates certainly point serious in adequacies in the system”.

Mufti said JKPSC is well within its right to act or discard the suggestion of the institution given its autonomous character.

But he added that he expected that the suggestions would be considered and acted upon, keeping in view the “genuine concern” of the candidate.