We are not failures, we are aggrieved

In response to Syed Shahnawaz Bukhari’s article on Kashmir Administrative Service

Gazi Junaid
Srinagar, Publish Date: Dec 16 2018 10:22PM | Updated Date: Dec 17 2018 2:54AM
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The recent results of KAS mains 2016 declared by JKPSC has evoked statewide protests and subsequent perceptions, arguments and counter arguments. This article is an aspirant’s  argument, response and a critique of a judgment. We are not failures, we are aggrieved. Nobody among us is a feeling a sense of failure.  But we feel cheated and wronged.  We are not protesting to fulfill our wishes but demanding that they should give us what we deserve. We didn’t burn midnight oil for a fate like this.  After all KAS aspirants are the cream of the state and their talent can’t be questioned. There is a marginal difference between an aspirant and a KAS officer (say a mark or two) and that is destiny. When the gulf is of 200 to 300 marks, it is a mass error or mass scam or maladministration. And when everything is painted with a same brush, one can’t see clearly. 

Not few but so many protesting aspirants have qualified all the previous mains examination when the posts were in 60s, 90s and 50s approx. To our utter shock the same could not qualify when the seats are 277. We were made to believe that aspirants could not write well in 2016 mains. As they say men are trapped in history and history is trapped among men. JKPSC history is replete of mass errors especially in the recent past. The preliminary examination of 2014 had a wrong key and the process lingered up to Jan–Feb 2017 due to litigation and the fault was that of JKPSC. 2016 preliminary examination was held in March 2016. The result was challenged in the court,  JKPSC accepted its fault and excluded 429 candidates. This further agitated the aspirants and the whole result was revised and additional 2300 candidates were allowed to appear in mains, thus changing the ratio. The case was sub-judice. JKPSC conducted mains and in mid-way court quashed the mains examination; in fact division bench bashed the JKPSC for such callous approach. When a second main was conducted Zoology aspirants created indiscipline and went out from examination hall. JKPSC not only tolerated their indiscipline but conducted their examinations afresh thus influencing the overall completion. 

This brief history actually allows me to put my point that if the stats are so alarming how come we can expect transparent results. Also never ever in the history of KAS examination aspirants have protested the mains result. Logic is simple. Inequality breeds rebellion. In all these cases JKPSC has accepted its fault. These statistics are telling a story. Let there be an inquiry into the whole thing so that no injustice is done to the aspirants. That is the only way we will be given what we deserve. 

JKPSC is there to be accountable, to hold transparency and be responsible. An exam that extended over 3 years need not to worry about the record time completion of mains and then boasting of the same. The adamance of JKPSC and all other concerned authorities tantamounts to structural violence and a trust deficit among the coming generations. We don’t demand we should be included in the list, but we demand justice be done.


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