Jammu, Feb 22: The Jammu and Kashmir Combined Competitive (Preliminary) Examination, which was postponed by Jammu and Kashmir Public Service Commission on February 21, is likely to be held only after the appointment of Chairman of the Commission.
Sources informed Early Times that though JKPSC had almost completed all the preparations and arrangements for conducting preliminary examination but being headless, decision with regards to dates could not be taken, forcing a second deferment.
Earlier the preliminary examination was postponed due to flash floods in Kashmir valley and after making all the arrangements, the PSC authorities had issued a notification on January 8, announcing to conduct exam on March 1. The preparations were as per schedule of March 1, following which the registration numbers of applicants were also downloaded by authorities on their website", sources said.
They further said that after the downloading of registration number of candidates, the JKPSC authorities inadvertently took a decision to postpone the examination, only to save them from any possible hurdle given the headless Commission.
"If any difficulty arises during conducting of examinations, the officers posted in the JKPSC will be held responsible but if the Chairman is in chair, he will take responsibility", sources said.
Sources further said that the KAS preliminary examination would now only be held after the appointment of Chairman and other members of JKPSC. "Given the existing political uncertainty , it seems that it may take months for holding preliminary examination, as appointment of Chairman and other members would take place only after the government is formed", sources said.
While lambasting the JKPSC authorities, experts said that if the JKPSC authorities was not prepared to conduct preliminary examinations, then why same had uploaded the registration numbers of candidates, few days before further postponing of exams.
"Many aspirants are stationed in other states but after the uploading of their registration numbers they had booked their tickets for J&K but now they have to cancel the tickets, or those who have already reached state have to return back", they said, adding that the KAS mains examination would likely to take many more months, which would also create problems for aspirants.
Pertinently, according to notification issued on January 8, 2014, PSC/Exam/KAS (Pre)/2014 issued by JKPSC, it had been announced that the preliminary Examination which was postponed earlier shall now be held on March 1, 2015 (Sunday) but on February 21, another notification was issued, postponing the examination, till further orders.