Srinagar: KAS (Mains) 2016 aggrieved aspirants organized a protest demonstration at Srinagar’s Pratap Park today against Jammu & Kashmir Public Service Commission (JKPSC).

The aspirants are on a prolong protest and agitation, alleging mass error/scam in the recently declared KAS (Mains) 2016 exam result by JKPSC.

The JKPSC while declaring the result of KAS (Mains) 2016 exam on 4th of December 2018 has allegedly ousted many deserving and meritorious candidates.

As per the recent statement by its chairman, the commission has adopted the methodology of Digital Checking.

Aspirants have alleged that Digital Checking procedure is full of errors and many deserving candidates despite performing well in their papers are not in the list of candidates shortlisted for interviews.

The agitated candidates alleged that how can commission arbitrarily adopt the methodology of Digital Checking and that too mid-way of the examination where as UPSC doesn’t adopt a similar approach.

The aspirants alleged that it’s already a proven fact in various judgments across High Courts and Supreme Court that there are high chances of error if the papers are evaluated digitally.

The aspirants are citing the example of Orissa High Court whereby in a judgement in a case challenging the Digital Marking in CBSE-NEET exam, HC remarked that the methodology of Digital Checking can never be absolute and there are high chances of variations and machinery error.

A total of 8,200 candidates appeared in the KAS (Mains) Examination; Dated: 2nd of July 2016. Around 65,600 Answer Scripts were evaluated via Digital Checking.

The candidates have alleged that without any expertise, infrastructure, resources and R&D, how can JKPSC claim that their methodology of Digital Checking is without any error.

“We are even ready to give in written that if proven wrong then we can be debarred from any future exams,” said one of the protesting candidates. He added that if the Commission is at fault then all the officials should resign on the basis of accountability and credibility.

The aggrieved candidates are demanding Governor’s intervention and an immediate judicial inquiry into this matter.

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