Cuttack, Jan 16:
The Odisha High Court on Wednesday directed the Odisha Public Service Commission (OPSC) to go ahead with the preliminary examination of Odisha Civil Services (OCS)-2011 scheduled on January 19.
A Division Bench of the court comprising Justices Madan Mohan Das and Raghuvir Das issued the directive after refusing to grant a stay on the examination and dismissing a petition filed in this regard by Mukesh Chandra Ghosh, an aspirant.
The court, however, upheld the observation by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) capping the reservation of posts at 50 per cent of the vacancies.
As per the order, 247 posts out of a total vacant post of 494 advertised by the OPSC in two phases would remain unreserved while the general candidates of these unreserved posts would qualify to appear the main examinations.
The bench also asked the SAT to dispose of all cases relating to OCS-2011 before the summer vacations for smooth conduct of the main examinations.
It may be mentioned that the OPSC had advertised for recruitment of several cadres of OCS posts including Odisha Administrative Service (OAS) in two phases in November and December 2011.
Out of 494 advertised posts, 318 posts were reserved for various categories leaving only 176 posts for general candidates.
However, challenging this anomaly in reservation, Ghosh had moved the SAT stating that reserving more than 50 percent of posts was in gross violation of the rulings of the Supreme Court and the Odisha High Court.
Disposing of the application of Ghosh, the Tribunal had asked the OPSC not to exceed the reservation limit of more than 50 percent and go ahead with the examinations as planned and abide by the directive of the Tribunal in appointment to the posts.
However, not satisfied by the SAT order not to interfere with the schedule of the examination, Ghosh later moved the High Court seeking quashing of the OPSC advertisements and cancellation of the preliminary examinations scheduled on January 19 this year.