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JKPSC turns down plea
of aspirants to postpone KAS examination

SYED RIZWAN GEELANI

Srinagar, Oct 23: The J&K Public Service
Commission (PSC) Sunday turned down
the plea of aspirants to postpone the KAS
preliminary examination scheduled for
October 24.
Talking to Greater Kashmir, Chairman
JKPSC B R Sharma said that the candi-
dates should make arrangements and
reach the examination centre on time.
“We have notified the dates for the KAS
exam around two to three months ago and
those who have to come from far off areas
should make arrangements,” Sharma said.
He said that the KAS exam would be
conducted as per schedule and all the can-
didates should reach on time.
Earlier, in view of the inclement weath-
er, the aspirants had appealed the JKPSC
authorities to reschedule the KAS exams
owing to incessant rains and snowfall pre-
dicted from Saturday.
The Met Department has forecast a
“spell of moderate to heavy rainfall and
snowfall in parts of Jammu and Kashmir
from Saturday”
As per the Met department, the fore-
cast for Saturday and Sunday would con-
tinue to be that of inclement weather.
“Light to moderate rain is expected on
Sunday at many places while for Monday,
sky will remain generally cloudy.” the
Meteorological Department said.
Greater Kashmir received distressed
calls and emails from aspirants who
demanded postponement of the KASexams.
“It is snowing in the upper reaches of
Shangus. JKPSC has scheduled the exam
for Sunday. It is very difficult for me to
reach the examination center set up in
Government Degree College Boys, Anant-
nag which is located 27km from my home.”
said Mushtaq Ahmad Wani, an aspirant.
The aspirants appealed to the JKPSC
chairman to defer the exam for some days.
“Holding exam on October 24 will be
detrimental to the aspirants like us who
belong to far off areas,” said Muhammad
Arif, another aspirant.
Around 30,000 applications have been
received by the JKPSC from the aspirants
of KAS exams. “Candidates have been
asked to report to the exam centres by 8 am
in this cold weather. Besides those stuck
on the highway, it is not possible for other
aspirants to reach the exam venue on the
given time,” another aspirant said.
The aspirants also raised questions over
the heating and lighting arrangements to
be put in place in the exam centres.
In response to this, the PSC Chairman
said that the arrangements would be put
in place as per the standard instruction.
“Whatever the standard instructions
are those will be put in place to provide
heating and lighting arrangements in
exam centres. The exam centres are set
up in school buildings and the arrange-
ments which are put in place at the time of
class 10th and 12th exams will be available
during KAS exams as well,” Sharma said.

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