This is in response to the article, Examathon: Kas exam is a test of patience and mental resilience than anything else, by Mr. Suhail Nazir Khan published in GK on 13 May.
Response, rather a clarification to that piece has become not only necessary but of utmost priority given the dark web that has been woven around.
The mention of word “mother” in the beginning of the article – aimed at stoking emotions provides well for the direction in which the article intends to take its readers to. Every candidate involved has emotional things to narrate ( some even have heart – rending stories to share ) but that, fortunately or unfortunately, doesn’t decide, or replace, the merit. My learned brother has used more than enough jargons in his article which in no way succeed at obfuscating the hidden message in it. He has delineated the entire timeline of this exam to further reinforce his point/notion which needs a point -by -point rebuttal:
Whatever happened after prelims result is not privy to anyone, the answer keys had certain aberrations which led to alterations in merit ( yes, that was unfortunate, but, my brother, wasn’t all that sorted out there and then? Wasn’t all that put to rest and no grievances left behind as a residue as we approached mains? So, why flog dead horses now?
The results of mains were declared on 4th of December 2018 ( mind you, all the prelims fiasco was long forgotten by everybody, for the reasons mentioned above, so my dear learned brother mentioning it repeatedly here doesn’t fit well). Yes, papers were rescheduled many a time, but that in no way insinuates that something was amiss ( it was mostly due to weather and other unavoidable circumstances). Coming to the part, wherein the respected author peddles the same old beaten ( largely false and failed ) narrative, that choice of certain optionals diminishes to a large extent your chances of making it to the cut is certainly not expected of a civil service aspirant.
I myself qualified with psychology as an optional – which the likes of my brother ( the author) had strictly advised me against as they considered psychology a pariah. And I was demoralised in the PSC exam hall too by a senior for opting it.
The dropped candidates even alleged ( since the commencement of result on 4 December ) JKPSC to have deliberately wronged many aspirants and claimed to possess substantial proofs but unfortunately, none was presented in the court of law hitherto.
To cut a long story short, I would say that, had there been any solid proof ( apart from theatrics and shooting-in-the-air emotional narratives), the case would have largely skewed in favour of dropped candidates by now (which clearly isn’t the case).
I haven’t used the words “TRAUMA”, “STRESS”, “DEPRESSION” in this write-up ( although, that is an undeniable truth that the qualified candidates have and are facing ) but, that would have given my response an emotional touch which my brother’s article was by and large based on.
Malik Babar is a KAS aspirant