Srinagar: Kashmir-based KAS-2016 exam aspirants held a mass protest against the arbitrary & whimsical procedures of JKPSC. Specifically the aspirants pulled JKPSC on following counts:
First, there is Mass Error in evaluation of Mains papers.
Aspirants opined it’s because of the new system adopted by the commission, Digital Marking, which is experimental & has already attracted litigations elsewhere. Orissa High Court in August 2018 held that digital marking is not final and machine error warrant human intervention while delivering its judgement on a petition filed by a candidate against CBSC NEET-UGC exam.
Even UPSC hasn’t adopted such an experimental process riddled with flaws.
Second, the Scaling/Moderation method adopted by commission is arbitrary & therefore doesn’t reflect true merit. The aspirants substantiate their claim with SC judgement in UP-PSC vs. Manoj Kumar Yadau Case of 2011 where SC set aside UP-PSC merit list citing wishful & arbitrary scaling.
Third, the notification via which the posts for KAS-2016 were published never had mention of any kind of Scaling/Moderation. The aspirants say that the commission can’t change courses during the process of exam. It’s ultra-vire.
Fourth, Zoology-Mains-Paper was re-conducted by the commission, citing ‘Mass Copying’. The aspirants say that if candidates resort to unfair practice like mass copying, they ought to be debarred from the current as well as future exam process, as per the prescribed rules. Contrarily, the commission gave them extra time & conducted a re-exam. It is malafide. Where then some blue-eyed boys/girls entertained?
Fifth, the commission is conducting the Viva Voce within 15 days from the declaration of the Mains result. The aspirants say it’s unprecedented & has never happened in history of KAS exam. If JKPSC is in hurry & strife, are they then trying to drub something fishy beneath the carpet?
Sixth, JKPSC hasn’t been entertaining even the RTI since 2014 and Xerox of answer scripts demanded by aspirants aren’t being furnished. It has made the functioning of the commission opaque & killed transparency and bred favoritism, nepotism & corruption.
Seventh, the Re-evaluation procedure is a mere hoax. As it’s only reduced to the exercise of re-counting of marks priorly allotted.
Pertinently, after initially denying any wrongdoing in the Preliminary exam, the commission went on to revise its own official answer key paving way for inclusion/exclusion 429 candidates. This revision then opened the Pandora box of litigations and ultimately led to quashment of KAS-Mains-2016 by the Honourable HC. (The first time it was conducted in March 2018).
The aspirants are now praying for the 3-step Grievance Redressal to the Honourable Governor:
That, the commission be asked to halt the conduction of Viva Voce forthwith.
That, an independent judicial enquiry be constituted, to bring to fore the misdemeanors of the commission.
That, the Re-evaluation of Mains papers be carried out manually & preferably by the Central Merit Watch-Dog, UPSC.
The aspirants also prayed to the Honourable Supreme Court & J&K HC to take cognizance of the matter & deliver prompt justice to the aggrieved aspirants. If demands are not met we will resort to harsher methods of protest like hunger strike, self-immolation and suicides and commission will be responsible for all this.