The Chairman, Members and Secretary of the Board are deputed/nominated by the government from among the in-service IAS/KAS Officers or the persons of high repute in the field of education.
Now considering such a good system in place, one would assume that there is not much that should go wrong with a body such as JKSSB but the opposite is true and the board is in a shambles.
It can be safely accepted that J&K Services Selection Board has not been a shining example when it comes to recruitment of the non-gazetted posts in the government. Its functioning is unclear and follows no set pattern and as such, the aspirants who fill multiple forms for recruitment through the board’s exams logon to its website everyday.
The infamous Inspector exam last year on December 25 exposed the shortfalls of the Board’s efficiency in conducting examinations. There were reports of mass copying in the exam which saw approximately 90,000 candidates appearing for the exam and the exam was cancelled to be re-conducted again.
28 and 29 May, 2016 were the designated dates for the exam but along with the notifications also came the blunders that had not been redressed.
Here are some of the issues that remained the major problems
Failure in downloading the Admit Cards
Most students who had been assigned the date of exam as the 28th, could not download their admit cards. As such, this meant that the manually prepared admit cards had to be accessed from Jammu and Srinagar. The notification to download the admit cards exam came less a week before the exam.
This meant that all the students in the Jammu province who could not download their admit cards from the JKSSB website had to travel all the way to Jammu to only take their admit cards.
Private centres allocated
After there were reports of mass copying that went viral across social media, it had been decided by the government that the exams would not be conducted in private institutes anymore. However, citing reasons for shortage of centres, JKSSB allotted private centres including those where the cases of cheating had been reported.
Centres outside district allocated
There was much furore last year raised through complaints about students having to appear for the exam in centres outside their district. This problem is a colossal concern owing to most part of the state being a hilly terrain. Travel through roads is exhaustive whether by private vehicles or commercial and affects the aspirant efficiency.
This travel comes with an added expense of living in the unknown district where examination centre has been allocated is a burden that JKSSB has done nothing to rectify. This time for instance, many students in Jammu had been allocated Leh as their examination centre.
Absence of officials at offices
After the notification was issued, students rushed to offices to clear their grievances, but to the surprise of most, no one was present at the Bahu Plaza office and Paloura office closed at 2pm. Alongwith that, the rooms on 26 May were simply closed, and windows were kept open due to which, most students had to wait hours before they could even speak to anyone leave alone getting their grievances addressed.
There are many other things about the incorrect course of action, which U4UVoice has highlighted in the past as well, be it the form filling for the same posts advertised multiple times or the process of interview for certain posts.
JKSSB has a lot of ground to cover. By the time that happens, many candidates would not even be eligible for the jobs they can atleast hope to qualify for today in exams which get postponed or cancelled.