Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Cuttack, Sep 3:
The Odisha High Court today ruled in favour of holding the Odisha Administrative Service (OAS)-2011 Mains examinations on September 6 as scheduled as per the notification issued by the Odisha Public Service Commission (OPSC) earlier.
The court has however, issued a stay order on the evaluation of the answer scripts of the Mains examinations.
The court, while fixing the date for the next hearing in the matter for October 21, allowed the eight petitioners to sit for the Mains examinations. The eight petitioners can appear before the OPSC secretary within 4 pm tomorrow and collect their admit cards for the Mains examinations.
The court has asked the OPSC to issue a notification asking candidates listed in its merit list to become parties in the case free of cost.
The OPSC had challenged the order of the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) annulling the merit list of candidates drawn by the OPSC on the basis of the results of the (OAS)-2011 preliminary examinations.
The High Court had sought records from the OPSC in the matter on Tuesday while adjudicating on the case.
The OPSC had on August 28 sought quashing of the SAT order, which it said was ‘unconstitutional and illegal’.
The OPSC had contended in its petition that as per rules, hearing in such cases should have been done by a division bench, which had not been done in this case. A single member bench of the SAT acting chairman had conducted the hearing in the case, it had said.
The SAT had completed the hearing on the original application after conducting a hearing in a misc case and even issuing an interim order, which was a violation of the rules, OPSC had argued.
In his order on August 26, the SAT’s acting chairman SN Das had cancelled the merit list prepared on the basis of the results of Odisha Administrative Service (OAS)-2011 preliminary examinations and had asked OPSC to prepare a fresh merit list within the next two months based on pro-rata evaluation.
The single member bench of the Tribunal had passed the order while adjudicating on two petitions challenging the publication of the merit list for the OAS-2011 preliminary examinations over the award of grace marks. It had stated that the manner in which OPSC had awarded grace marks for wrong questions in preliminary examinations was not acceptable.
It may be noted here that out of 29 subjects in the OAS-2011 preliminary examinations, there were bloomers in question papers of as many as 19 subjects. Full marks were awarded to candidates, who attempted answers for the wrong questions in certain subjects.
This ultimately benefited only those who had appeared in subjects which had wrong questions in the question paper at the cost of those who had chosen subjects that did not have similar problems in their question papers.