Re-Evaluate KAS Papers Manually Under Supervision: KCSDS 

SRINAGAR — Civil society group, KCSDS has taken strong notice of the grievances of the aspiring candidates who had appeared for the KAS exams of  2016, the results of which were declared on 4th Dec 2018. 

“This particular exam was dogged by controversy from the beginning as the   PSC  had to  revise  the results of prelims after receiving complaints from deserving candidates. It is perhaps for the first time   that the results of the main exams were met with extreme resentment and anger from the meritorious aspirants who were confident  because of their  performance to figure in the list of successful candidates”, the statement said.

The candidates continuously agitated on the streets till the High Court stayed the process of selection of KAS  by the Commission in response to the PIL they  filed in the court. The aspirants have raised serious reservations about the results by pointing out glaring anomalies in the list of the qualified candidates. 

According to them those who have merit and had done very  well in the exams were missing in the list while quite average  candidates unexpectedly figured in the list. The small surprise element of CCE could have made only negligible impact on the results.

The aggrieved candidates submitted a representation to the Chairman on 6th December in this regard and requested him  to look into the grievances before carrying  forward the process of selection. A group of around 20 candidates even offered to be debarred from any future exam under PSC if their complaints were  found wanting. But the chairman out-rightly rejected their request maintaining that transparent  digital  evaluation was followed in the evaluation of the papers without elaborating on the innovative digital method adopted for the first time. It is pertinent to mention that  Digital method  is often  struck by  gross errors especially when tried for the first time  and is in no way fool proof. 

“The Commission  must  not strike down the demand for re evaluation because of their ego.  Self righteousness, arrogance and egotism is always the enemy of  justice,truth , mercy and fair dealing. It causes enormous hurt, injustice and loss and  wastage of talent at the hands of those who are entrusted with the sacred task of  doing justice in the selection to various  public services”, KCSDS said.

KCSDS also demanded that the aggrieved candidates’ demand must be entertained by the Commission and their papers should be re-evaluated manually in a transparent way under the supervision of a committee of honest and impartial  expert  citizens formed for this purpose so that justice is delivered to the deserving candidates. 

This it said will spare them and the Commission from the expensive and  long drawn, energy- consuming legal battle which is absolutely unnecessary when things could be sorted out amicably outside the court. 
“As a custodian of justice  and merit  it is the moral and professional duty of the Commission to empathize with the aggrieved and  administer justice to the meritorious for the greater good of the society as wrong selections disturb the natural power structure in the society for which  Commission  alone would be responsible”, the statement said.


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