KAS Aspirants Protest Against ‘Irregular’ Exam System 

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SRINAGAR — Aspirants who did not figure in KAS mains examination of the year 2016 on Wednesday held a protest demonstration here in Srinagar seeking re-evaluation of their answer papers.

The aspirants had assembled in Pratap Park where they chanted slogans against J&K Public Service Commission. They said that there was a “mass error in evaluation of their papers” stating that it was due to the “ new system adopted by the PSC that digital marking, which is experimental and has already attracted litigations else­where, has failed.”

Showkat Hussain Dar, one of the aspirants, said that it was due to the “flawed” evaluation system adopted by the PSC that “they have been dropped” from the fi­nal examination results.

“UPSC has not adopted such of kind of system for the exams. The scaling method which was adopted by the PSC is arbitrary and does not reflect true merit,” Dar said. The protesting aspirants asked the Governor Satya Pal Ma­lik to look into the matter and or­der “re-evaluation of their papers through any other agency such as UPSc” to be “carried out manu­ally and preferably by the central merit watch dog UPSC.”

The protesters have threatened that if their demands are not ful­filled, they will continue their protests. They said that they will continue to pour on the road and intensify their stir.

Orissa High Court in August 2018 held that digital marking is not final and machine error war­rant human intervention while delivering its judgment on a pe­tition filed by a candidate against CBSC NEET-UGC exam. The pro­testers said that the notification through which the posts for KAS-2016 were published “never had a mention of any kind of scaling/moderation.” The aspi­rants said that the commission can’t change courses during the process of exam. They said that the Zoology mains paper was re-conducted by the commission, citing “mass copying.”

The aspirants said that if “can­didates resort to unfair practice like mass copying, they ought to be debarred from the cur­rent as well as future exam pro­cess as per the prescribed rules. Contrarily, the commission gave them extra time and conducted a re-exam. It is malafide.”

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