OCS Mains exam on May 27

CUTTACK: PUTTING an end to the uncertainties over conduct of Orissa Civil Services (OCS) Mains examinations on May 27 in view of the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) ruling to defer it by three months, the Orissa High Court on Friday directed for holding the exams on the scheduled date.The single judge bench for the vacations of Justice M.M. Das issued a stay on the SAT order but restrained the Orissa Public Service Commission (OPSC) from declaring the results till disposal of the cases being heard by it as well as the writ petitions pending with the tribunal.The directions came in response to a writ filed by the OPSC challenging the SAT order for deferring the examinations and adding more candidates to the Mains examinee list.The Tribunal ruling was based on a petition filed by one Tanmay Ku Rout and two others alleging faulty preparation of lists of eligible candidates for the Mains and non-adherence to laid out norms.According to them, the norms stipulated for fixing candidates at least 12 times the number of posts for recruitment. But it was not followed. For the 381 posts as announced by the Government, the number of candidates for Mains should have been at least 4,560 but the OPSC had issued a list of only 3,730. The petitioners had also complained that the reservation guidelines, as fixed by the Supreme Court, was not followed. Pronouncing its judgment, SAT had asked OPSC to include 830 more candidates to the Mains list.The OPSC had then moved the High Court pleading for quashing of SAT order as it had already made all preparations for conducting the examinations.Admit cards had been issued to candidates and they were through into preparing for the examinations.The list did not reflect anomalies as it had included all aspirants who had made the cut-off marks for eligibility. Besides, the Government had spent huge money for the Mains which would be lost in the event of deferment, the Commission submitted.
Saturday May 24 2008 10:19 IST
Express News Service
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