This year JK Public Service Commission (PSC) has received only 30 percent forms from Kashmir region which has created apprehension among youth being pushed to the wall as the state administration blocked the internet services in Kashmir over two months ago.
Official sources in administration said this year PSC has received only 43000 forms from KAS 2016 aspirants of which 70 percent forms have been received from Jammu region only.
"Youth have given very lukewarm response to this year's combined service examinations which depicts the lack of interest among Kashmiri youth for civil service examinations," a senior official said.
Interestingly, as per official figures kashmiri youth had shown enormous response for the posts of 10+2 lecturer posts in school education department and for the pots of Assistant Professors in higher education department respectively.
"Given the response we received for selection of lecturers and Assistant Professors, now very less number of youth have submitted their forms for KAS 2016 examination," an official said.
He said over one thousand posts of 10+2 lecturers were advertised by PSC for which it received around 80,000 application forms from aspirants.
"Out of this over 50000 forms were received from youth of Kashmir. This indicates all of them are PG degree holders. But unfortunately they have not shown interest in KAS exams," they said.
While officials attribute poor response of youth with the lack of interest among youth, on the other hand, aspiring youth blame state government over the move saying the administration snatched internet facilities during the crucial time from aspirants of civil service examinations.
"Most of the aspiring youth couldn't submit their forms given the internet blockade in Kashmir which resulted in mminimum participation of youth in the said exams," a KAS aspirant said.
The aspirants rued over the prolonged internet gag in Kashmir which according to them has snatched maximum job opportunities from them.
The notification for submission of KASforms examination forms was published in the month of June while as the last date for submission of forms was set as August 10.
However the state administration ordered for internet blockade in valley on July 9 following the killing of Burhan Wani on July 8.
Given the ccontinuous internet blockade in Kashmir JKPSC is yet to Close the receipt of application of forms and has delayed the conducted of exams as well.
However, aspirants from Kashmir say that they have been left high and dry given the non availability of books related to current affairs and Latest general knowledge.
"Given the prevailing situation in valley we are not been able to fetch related material including some books as well. Even if we go to market during deal, books are not available in market," said a KAS aspirant.
While the aspirants in Kashmir are facing a tough time during their preparation days, aspirants in Jammu are reportedly availing free coaching for the said exams.
The lesser participation from Kashmir will put kashmiris on the receiving end as all the administratI've posts in state administration will be occupied by non-Kashmiris.
Chairman Public Service Commission, Lateef -u-Zaman Deva without divulging the information said efforts should be given to convince youth for their participation in combined service exams.
"There was an enormous response from Kashmiri youth during selection of 10+2 lecturer posts and other exams as bulk of application forms were received from Kashmir," he said.