Thursday, July 2, 2020

Previous discrepancies have led to distrust in JKPSC administration: KAS aspirants

Pallavi Sareen

Jammu, Dec 10: Jammu Kashmir Public Service Commission allegedly did not share information even after a KAS aspirant filed an RTI.

Maheena Zahoor alleges that JKPSC denied her access to her MAINS exam answer sheets even though she had filed an RTI on 26th December 2017. Following this, she appealed to the appellate authority on 16th May 2018, all to no avail.

RTI shown as received

A copy of the RTI filed by Maheena Zahoor


JKPSC Chairman Latief U Zaman Deva’s nonchalance towards the recent allegations has further led to the unveiling of previous discrepancies of the commission. With aspirants narrating past events, it is evident that the KAS aspirants have been aggrieved by the lapses of JKPSC many a time before as well.

The exam process of Combined Competitive (preliminary) Entrance Examinations which was to happen on 30th August 2015 took place two years later on 11th-27th February 2017. The recruitment process for the same happened in December 2017.

A worse scenario came to light in the conduct of Combined Competitive Examinations (KAS)-2016. The commission deferred Combined Competitive Preliminary examination which was to happen in September to 19th March 2017 and result for the same got declared on 23rd April 2017. Some students, suspecting correction error approached the commission and filed an RTI seeking the answer key. On analyzing the key, it was discovered that there were 24 wrong answers shown in the key.

The commission was forced to revise its result which raised the cut-off to 277 marks against the previous 270 marks. As a result of such revision, 429 candidates who had earlier qualified and begun preparing for mains had now failed the exam and 429 new candidates were added in their place. The aggrieved candidates approached the court and by a verdict in their favour could sit in the exams.

Another incident of mass copying in the JKPSC Jammu centre was seen and the zoology paper-1 had to be re-conducted. It shows the carelessness of the commission where copying happened right under its nose. On 25th May 2018, JKPSC changed the syllabus pattern in synchronization with current UPSC pattern in one clean sweep instead of a phased manner as done by UPSC.

The students who had been suffering at the hands of administration demanded the appointment of a Review Committee to recommend if the implementation of UPSC pattern in a single stroke was justified or not.

The delegation of aspirants had met Governor Satya Pal Malik once before in August 2018 to convey the malfunctions of JKPSC since the appointment of Latief-u-Zaman Deva as the head of the commission in 2015.

“The Chairman talks about Digital checking which makes us even surer that some error has taken place. JKPSC does not have resources to follow the same practices as UPSC. They have failed to do so many times before,” said Kanwal Singh, a KAS aspirant.

“They can’t switch to a new method of checking and scaling in between the examination process. The previous exam was evaluated manually and now suddenly without notification, they have digital checking. This is not the right protocol,” said Ashima Sharma.


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