Allegations of discrepancies in KAS mains selection list baseless: PSC chairman

Jammu, Dec 17, 2018: Maintaining that all apprehensions regarding the discrepancies in the mains selection list of J&K combined competitive examination, 2016 are baseless, the Public Service Commission has decided to give an opportunity to the aggrieved candidates to project their concerns through representation for their satisfaction.

This was stated by Public Service Commission Chairman Lateef Uz Zaman Deva in a presser here. He asked the candidates to give a proper representation  mentioning their Roll No and Name so that re-verification Vis-a vis the evaluated scripts is done, only as a matter of abundant caution within three days on the email address of the commission.  

Regarding the introduction of on-screen method of evaluation, Mr Deva clarified that it is no way change of pattern as this only supplements and complements technologically the evaluation process and techniques.

He also said that newly introduced method is already being adopted by various examination bodies of different states like Gujarat and Rajasthan with an aim to bring in more efficiency and transparency in the system besides bringing out error free details.

Highlighting the difference between the manual and on-screen method, the PSC Chairman said that the only difference between them is in the manual mode of evaluation, the manual copies of the scripts are sent to the evaluators for assessment of the performance of the performance wherein marks are awarded and recorded manually while in onscreen evaluation of the answer scripts the answer booklets are uploaded to the data center, wherefrom they are retrieved by the officials at  local data center for display in the readable platform ( computer) which is accessed by the evaluators through use of unique log in ids.   

Mr Deva  dispelled the notion of some aggrieved candidates that in onscreen method of evaluation instead of evaluators assessing the performance based on the answers written by the candidates, computer does the evaluation as being done in evaluating  OMR sheets of preliminary examination.” we were sure about our error free result after going for checks and cross checks which are inherent in the system.

Still commission undertook the exercise of cross verifying after some allegations were leveled with reference to the answer scripts. Random sampling method was chosen and discrepancies were found,” he told during presser.Regarding the switching over the digital mode of evaluation, Mr Deva said that there is already a provision in the Jammu and Kashmir conduct of examination rules, 2005 envisaging switching over to the digital mode of evaluation in a gradual manner and in such of examination , as the commission would decide.  

Further defending the decision of onscreen mode of evaluation,  Mr Deva said that it is for the first time in the annals of the commission that the result was declared within span of less than 4 months.” This was possible only due to switching over from the manual mode of evaluation which ensured declaration of an error free result within the stipulated time frame.  

The PSC chairman retrieved his commitment of ensuring fair, transparent and best practices for conducting examination under commission. 


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