The JKPSC recently declared the results of KAS-Mains-2016.
And, as an aspirant aptly put it,
“it has come as a shocker to one & all, to those who qualified, & to those who didn’t”.
Now the discourse shouldn’t be,
Deserving & Non-Deserving.That, those who qualified aren’t deserving.That, those who didn’t, are.lt’s crap debate.Futile.Of no use.
Also, the discourse, shouldn’t be hijacked by personality cults.Brickback & Mudslinging.
Lateef-U-Zaman Sir, is an elderly person.Known for his honesty.And, as an individual must be accorded the respect that he’s entitled to.
Likewise, Shahnawaz Bukhari Sir is a philanthropist & literally runs the famed Initiative For Competition Promotion (ICP) single handedly.
I have been a beneficiary of ICP myself.l stayed there in 2012 (if my fast fading memory is serving me well here).l wrote my first Mains from ICP campus at the Wazir Bagh only.Marginally missing the selection.While my room-mate & friend Syed Showkat bagged 5th Rank in the state.
ln ICP, the philosophy that Shahnawaz Sir would inculcate in us was—the philosophy of Self Drive.
ICPian were self motivated & self read.We prepared ourselves & learnt from each other.
And, since l’m decent with writing & current affairs, l was given the task of teaching the Essays.
That year l taught essays in ICP.(I’m sure Iftakhar Naseem Khokher, a KAS officer now, would concur with me.And so would Ahmad Mushtaq, an Assistant Professor now).
Shahnawaz Sir, l wish to address you here, & tell you—that you’re a hero, a messiah, a mentor, & above all an elder brother.l in particular & we all in generally have humongous reverence for you.
Now, let the discourse be focussed on the issue that it tangibly ought to be focussed on…
On the mechanisms, procedures & functioning of the JKPSC.
JKPSC conducts the examination for KAS (as we refer to it in naive parlance).
It’s the most coveted exam of the state.JKPSC recruits the public servants that would man the echelons of governance at various rungs.
JKPSC thus is accorded the Constitution status, to act a Watch Dog of Merit.
With such a high status accorded to JKPSC, & all the perks associated with such status,
Shouldn’t then it be able to conduct the KAS exam proficiently?
Here is what happens in reality:
•It takes years together to conduct an exam (of KAS), which otherwise ought to be completed in a calender year.
Take for instance the KAS-2016, already 3 years have lapsed & the exam lingers on.
•It’s unable to set, a set of 120 objectives, in Prelims, without a glitch.It’s keys are invariably faulty.
For instance, as per their official key,
The study of oncology comes out to be as the study ‘mountains’.
Imagine the lameness.
•It then sets, questions in Mains, that either makes no sense, or are incorrect factually.
For instance, they keep on asking in Anthropology,
What is the effect of nutrition in breeding & hybridization? What sense that makes? Imagine the competence of the expert.
(I can quote so many erroneously asked questions in Mains.There is a regular pattern to it.)
•Then, the commission keeps on moulding the Rules of the Game as per it’s whims.
For instance, in KAS-MAINS-2016, they have adopted two new procedures.
One, Digital Marking.Second, Scaling/Moderation.
Grasp the catch now,
As per SRO-387, they have to notify any change, they wish to make.They haven’t done it, both in case of Digital Marking & Scaling.
Plus, the procedure of Digital Evaluation is fraught with discrepancies.
For instance, Maharashtra University that recently adopted the system of Digital Marking, got a hard lesson to learn.
250 students failed via the Digital Evaluation.Most of them scoring single digit marks only.
On Re-evaluating the answer scripts of these failed students manually, humongous discrepancies were found.All of the 250 students passed.Some featuring right at the top of the merit.
There are court verdicts against the fool-proof-ness of Digital Marking.
Not even UPSC employs such a technique.
And our JKPSC refers to it as ‘Foolproof’.
Also, JKPSC has introduced the Scaling/Moderation, starting from this year.It has been done abruptly & arbitrarily.Without any R&D over it.
Imagine, what could be the consequence?
Why treat the aspirants, who toil day & night for years, to clear the coveted exam, as the Guinea Pigs?
Besides, JKPSC flouts the RTI Act, at its whim & fancy, citing one lame reason or other.We have written acknowledgements of their non-acknowledgements.How transparent?
I have more to say, but my fingers are aching now, of typing.So l stop.
Albeit, Deva Sir, you being the Chairman & Head of the Constitutional JKPSC, shouldn’t you be held accountable?
Don’t we aspirants in particular & our governance system in general, deserve transparent & proficient, procedures & rules?
Or, does being an independent Constitution body translates, to being adamant, non-participatory & arrogant?
Lastly addressing to you Shahnawaz Sir, it doesn’t suit a civil servant (not using the impolite bureaucrat with you) of your stature to damn a mediocre ‘Boy’.
PS: Har Ek Baat Pe Kehte Ho Tum
Ki Tu Kya Hai
Tum He Batao
Ye Andaze Guftugu Kya Hai
Owais Nanda is a Masters in Public Administration & Masters in Business Administration.And has failed in KAS-Mains-2016.
He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org