Orissa High Court set aside Odisha Judicial Service (OJS) 2015 preliminary examination, on July 28, 2015 and directed Odisha Public Service Commission (OPSC) to conduct the examinations afresh. The examination was held on May 31, 2015 and around 2000 law students had appeared in it for recruitment to 69 posts of civil judges. Alleging that as many 26 out of 100 questions in the examination were either wrong, out of syllabus or contained typographical and grammatical errors, about 18 OJS aspirants had approached the Orissa High Court, seeking judicial intervention. Also Read - CBSE Board Exam 2021: Tips to Cope Up With Stress For Children And Parents | Watch Video
Adjudicating over a batch of petitions, Justice B R Sarangi quashed the preliminary examinations and directed OPSC to conduct it afresh within six weeks. The Court also asked OPSC to hold the main examination within four weeks after publication of the preliminary examination results. High Court had earlier directed OPSC not to publish the results of the examination without the leave of the court. Also Read - Telangana Schools to Reopen for Classes 6 and 8 After Nearly 11 Months
Although OPSC admitted in the Court that there were ambiguity in certain questions and the Commission was prepared to award grace marks to the students in prorate basis, the HC was not inclined to give any relief to OPSC and asked it to hold the examination afresh. Only those candidates who had enrolled themselves for the initial examination would be eligible for the fresh examination, the Court said. Also Read - CBSE Class 10th Board Exam 2021 Guide: Best Reference Books for Maths, Science, English, Social Science
“Normally, the Courts do not interfere in the selection process of judicial officers. But being the Constitutional authority and seeing the glaring illegality in the process, this Court was compelled to step in,” the High Court said in its ruling said adding that no fresh admit cards would be issued.
About Odisha Public Service Commission:
The Odisha Public Service Commission was constituted on 1st April, 1949 after its bifurcation from the former Bihar and Odisha Joint Public Service Commission. The Commission has experiences and expertise in the matter of selection of personnel to various services of the Government of Odisha. The primary function of Commission is recruitment of candidates to different posts/services belonging to Group ‘B’ and above under the State Government through competitive examination and viva voce test as prescribed in the concerned recruitment rules.
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