Should JKSSB hold the Sub Inspector/Inspector exam for all students again?

A written examination was scheduled on 25th December, 2015 by the Jammu and Kashmir Service Selection Board of Graduate Level for the post of Inspector/Sub Inspector in Finance department. The notification was uploaded on 01.09.2015 with Advertisement Notice no. 05 of 2015 and approximately 93 vacancies for Kashmir district and 74 vacancies in Jammu district were listed for the post of Sub Inspector in the Finance Department and about 88 vacancies for the post of Inspector in Finance department under state cadre.

The students sat for the exam at different centres across the state on 25th December 2015 and approximately 90,000 candidates appeared in the examination. But after getting complaints of cheating and using of mobile internet, at two centres – one at the Luthra College of Education in Talab Tillo and other institute at Paloura, the JKSSB had to cancel examination.

A meeting was held on December 27 to decide upon the matter and the exam was cancelled for two centres as some wrongdoers tore and copied question papers. Few students clicked their pictures and circulated on the social media websites.

In order to avert any such incidents in the future, the government a decision to not make any private institutions as the centres to hold the exam in.

Now the question arises, obviously not all the students were cheating at those two centres, there must be a section of genuine students as well. Since there is no foolproof method to find that out so few students have to bear the brunt of the decision.

There are speculations about the re-exam as well but no official decision has been taken on it yet.

Re-exam for all the students in all probability would not be taken again because it would mean wasting government’s money on the stationary and a whole lot of mess in scheduling the exam once again. As it is SSB in Jammu and Kashmir holds exams years after the notification is issued

Re-examination might give a chance to the genuine students but it will badly affect the major section of the applicants who gave their best shot and are still waiting for the results.

The problem that arises in these verbal complaints is this. Many candidates appeal verbally to cancel the exam and that a new one should be held. Granted! But when it comes to verification, almost all these candidates would not stand witness. This ultimately leads to the fact that most of the accusing parties are looking for a lucky second chance.

Whether the government gives the exam is secondary, but if it does not it would be unfair to the few genuine students who might had actually scored well. If the exam is not rescheduled, they will have to suffer as there is no proper verification mechanism to identify the genuine from the false accusers. If the government decisively puts things into perspective, such events can be avoided in the future.

It was a mistake on government’s part because they should have taken exams in the government institutions only.

After this incident, a notice was issued in the month of February confirming that the forthcoming exams will be conducted only at government institutions and under video surveillance and DC Simrandeep Singh himself reviewed the arrangements for the exams and gave instructions to the staff.

We hope that JKSSB must set an example by taking a good decision which can benefit deserving candidates.