JAMMU, Mar 1: The aspirants for Kashmir Administrative Services (KAS) are in a fix as the date for preliminary examination clashes with the Combined Graduate Level (CGL) examination.
The candidates who got selected for SSC-CGL (tier-3) and also intend to appear in the KAS exam are in a catch-22 situation as both the examinations are scheduled to be held on the same day-March 19.
The Public Service Commission (PSC), through its notification (No. PSC/Exm/2016/52, dated 18.06.2016) had invited applications for admission to J&K Combined Competitive (preliminary) Examination, 2016 in accordance with SRO-387 of 2008 dated 01.12.2008. A group of aspirants said the exam clash could have been avoided by choosing a separate date for the KAS prelims as the dates for third-tier examination of the CGL were fixed and announced well in advance. “I have been preparing for the CGL exam for the last six months. But now I am totally confused. Should I go for the same or the KAS prelims?
It is no way possible for the aspirants to appear for two different exams at different venue on the same day. How pathetic!” said an aspirant from Kashmir. Another candidate from Jammu added, “Many candidates have also raised the issue with the authorities concerned, but so far no response has been received from the authorities.” When contacted, PSC Secretary and Controller of Examination, Shakeel ul Rehman, said the KAS prelims will not be postponed “as it is not possible to shift the dates.” “The aspirants have the option to go for one exam: either KAS or CGL, and the exam will be held as per scheduled date,” he added.
ABVP, NSUI SEEK CHANGE
National Students Union of India (NSUI) and Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarathi Parishad (ABVP) on Monday asked the J&K Public Service Commission to change the scheduled of the KAS prelim-exams to be held on the 19th of March by a day to avoid non-participation of KAS aspirants who are also appearing for the Staff Selection Committee’s Combined Graduate Level Examination’s Final Level on the same date.
In a statement issued on Monday, NSUI State President Neeraj Kundan appealed to the government to look into the matter and said that it is a matter of concern and puts the career of many talented students in jeopardy.
“PSC is conducting prelims of KAS 2016 on 19th of March and on the same date Staff Selection Commission is conducting CGL examinations, how can the administration except a candidate to appear in two different examinations at the same time, it is a dark joke with all aspirants,” Kundan said.
ABVP State Secretary Varsha Jandial also demands postponement of KAS exam keeping in view the opportunity for students.
She asserted that candidates for both the exams are of almost same criteria and most of the candidates have applied for both the exams.
The government should not take the opportunity from the competitors and let them compete for both the exams by postponing the state level exam, she said.