The Jammu and Kashmir High Court Tuesday while directing the Jammu and Kashmir Public Service Commission (JKPSC) to cancel the ongoing 2016 KAS mains examination said that the commission should “hold this test afresh.”
A division bench of Justice Janak Raj Kotwal and Justice Sanjeev Kumar Shukla directed the JKPSC to conduct the examination afresh after disposing off an appeal filed by a group of KAS aspirants against the single bench order allowing 429 candidates to appear in the mains examination.
The 429 candidates were debarred by the JKPSC from appearing in the mains examination after it reevaluated the preliminary results following the representations that answer key was wrong.
“We direct the cancellation of the main examination at whatever stage it is as on date and direct the appellant (JKPSC) to hold the main examination afresh," said the Bench.
Meanwhile, the court has also directed the JKPSC to permit the candidates (429), who have been shortlisted to participate in the preliminary examination on the basis of their merit determined upon reevaluation of the preliminary exam.
The exam was marred by court litigations with JKPSC facing embarrassment when the official key of the preliminary examination had various wrong answers in it.