SSB invited wrath for postponing exam at the eleventh hour

Jammu, November 16: The Jammu and Kashmir Service Selection Board (JKSSB) has been criticized by thousands of aspirants all across the state for cancelling objective type test scheduled on November 15 in the eleventh hour.

As reported in a local daily, SSB has scheduled to take type written test for nearly 300 posts of various types including Multi Purpose Worker, ANM worker, Junior Dental Assistant, Election Assistant, Junior Staff Nurse, Ex Ray Technician on Saturday (November 14). The department has established the capital cities of Jammu and Srinagar as centres. Near about 10,000 candidates who were scheduled to sit in the examination and had already reached Jammu and Srinagar from far flung areas but the examination got cancelled during the late hours of November 13.

This invited wrath for JKSSB. The candidates attacked JKSSB for their ill preparedness and pleaded that if the department would have issued postponement notice a little while before, it would have saved many aspirants of far flung areas from wasting time and money.

“I along with my family reached Jammu from Poonch a day before the exam but in the evening we got to know that that test has been postponed. We had spent a lot over hiring rooms to say in Jammu. Moreover vehicles’ fare and other expenditure also cost heavily to us and I have to bear same expenses once again on November 29,” said one of the aspirants.

The examination has now rescheduled to be held on November 29from 2 PM to 4:30 PM.

While explaining the reason of postponement of the examination, SA Raina, Secretary JKSSB said, ” the examination centre which was initially set at GDC Gandhi Nagar was transferred to SMVDU but Some of the aspirants approached a Minister, pleading that SMVDU is very far from city so the examination centre must be shifted to Jammu city. Moreover at the eleventh hour, SMVDU authorities also expressed their helplessness for making arrangements due to some function in their University and we were left with no option than to postpone the exam.”

Upon asking why examination centres are not established in far flung districts, Raina said that there was shortage of sitting space in districts besides there could be issues of secrecy.

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