In the face of huge controversy raised by its move to include the Urdu language for J&K State revenue department job tests, Service Selection Board is more likely to benefit the Kashmir province. Earlier the Service Selection Board did not include the Urdu language for the posts of Patwari and Naib Tehsildar, but it was on the recommendation of Revenue Department of the state that recruitment agency made the Urdu language test mandatory for the posts. The resulting controversy delayed the entire recruitment process for 3 long years
The Jammu based aspirants declared the move to include the Urdu language in the recruitment process as favoritism for Kashmir province and to deprive the educated youth of Jammu out of the race. In Kashmir, the Urdu language is compulsory in every school as the main subject from pre-nursery up to college level but in Jammu province, the Urdu language is not in the school curriculum and thus there is no point of declaring it mandatory for the said post.
The Jammu based aspirants have a reason to declare the move of Service Selection Board as baseless. The biased approach of authorities by declaring the Urdu test mandatory is full of delusions. The most disappointing reason for Jammu based aspirants is that the JKSSB has increased the marks for testing Urdu knowledge from 30 to 100 marks in the exam.
Earlier in its previous recruitment the then Revenue Minister scheduled the test of working knowledge of Urdu one year after recruitment. But in this recruitment, the test is to be conducted after a month or two post-interview process. So, in such a short period how it is possible for those having least knowledge of Urdu to compete with those having mastery in Urdu. It’s like a deal between a lion and deer. Those who have the least knowledge of Urdu are more likely to become a scapegoat at the hands of authorities.
The Service Selection Board has recently declared the results of the written examination for the Post of Patwari. The shortlisted candidates have undergone the interviews and tests for working knowledge of Urdu. The interviews will tentatively commence from the 4th week of May. The test for working knowledge of Urdu will be held on 1st July onwards,2018, subject to confirmation only upon issuance of admit cards. The merit position of shortlisted candidates will be displayed only after the completion of selection process.