KAS Mains exam row: High Court again defers case till October 30

Earlier a division bench of High Court had asked the single judge to take up the hearing of the writ petition and decide the same as expeditiously as possible.

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Srinagar, Publish Date: Oct 24 2017 1:03AM | Updated Date: Oct 24 2017 1:03AM
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The High Court on Monday deferred till October 30 hearing of the plea challenging state Public Service Commission’s notification whereby 429 candidates who were shortlisted for KAS mains exam 2016 and later dropped in the revised list after the Commission considered representations on wrong answer key. 

A bench of Justice Alok Aradhe putt off the matter till next Monday after Advocate Arif Sikandar Mir sought time to fill rejoinder. In response to Advocate Mir’s submission that PSC be directed to produce record of exam, the court asked him to file an application. 

Earlier a division bench of High Court had asked the single judge to take up the hearing of the writ petition and decide the same as expeditiously as possible. 

The PSC vide Notification No. PSC/EXM/2016/52 dated 18-06-2016 advertised 277 posts in Junior Scale of J&K Administrative Service, J&K Police (Gazetted) Service and J&K Accounts (Gazetted) Service and applications were invited for admission to the KAS (Preliminary) Examination.

Following the preliminary examination, the PSC vide Notification No. PSC/Exam/2017/22 dated 23.04.2017 declared 6925 out of 47000 candidates to have qualified for KAS Mains Examination. The cut-off mark was declared as 270.477 out of aggregate of 450 marks.

However, after considering representations of candidates on wrong answer key, the Commission issued a revised list with cut off merit 277.275 as a result of which 429 candidates who were figuring in un-revised list were excluded. 

Aggrieved of the order, the candidates approached High Court through their counsel Arif Sikandar Mir and the court after hearing Mir had stayed the revised merit list. 

Public Service Commission however subsequently made a statement before the High Court that it will accord consideration to the candidates who were dropped in the revised list and pass the speaking orders.

The Commission however issued a fresh notification bearing No. PSC/Exam/2017/49 dated 25.08.2017 asking the candidates who had been selected vide revised list to fill up the forms for KAS (Mains) Exam and also deemed the 429 candidates dropped in the revised selected list as ineligible for KAS (Mains) exam.

Aggrieved candidates approached court again and submitted that non-inclusion of petitioners was based on re-evaluation which was challenged on the ground of being against the rules.

“Rule 31 and Rule 33 enunciated in J&K Public Service Commission (Conduct of Examinations) Rules, 2005 prohibit re-evaluation of the answer scripts of the candidates who have appeared in J&K Combined Competitive (Preliminary) Examination,” he submitted. 

The single bench had stayed the fresh notification bearing No. PSC/Exam/2017/49 dated 25.08.2017 to the extent of barring 429 candidates from taking the main exams.