JKAS aspirants seek relaxation in upper age limit at par with other states
Srinagar, Apr 15: Scores of aspirants who are appear ing in the upcoming Jammu and Kashmir Administrative Service (JKAS) examination have urged the J&K adminis- tration to enhance the upper age limit for them at par with other states in the country.
One of the aggrieved aspi- rants complained to Greater Kashmir that J&K Public Ser- vice Commission (JKPSC) has issued a notification inviting applications from the aspi- rants for appearing in the J&K Combined Competitive (Preliminary) examination 2023 for filling 75 vacancies.
“But the JKPSC has set the age cap at 32 years for Jammu and Kashmir aspirants who are supposed to appear in the competitive exam in Open Merit category, which is the lowest age limit for a State PSC exam in the entire coun- try,” the aspirant said. As per the notification, the upper age limit for reserved category candidates and in-service can didates has been fixed as 34 years and 35 years for Physi- cally challenged candidates.
Notably, the notification for filing of 75 JKAS/JKPS vacancies as per SRO 103 of 2018 makes thousands of KAS aspirants ineligible who were
waiting for PSC notification and preparing for exams.
“SRO 103 reduces the age of open merit students from 37 to 32 years. It is a grave injustice to unemployed youth of J&K,” an aspirant said. The aspi- rants said the cap on age limit of 32 years has put hundreds of aspirants in distress as they have already crossed the age from 32 years. limit in previous years.”The JKAS aspirants are already facing the challenge of a high unemployment rate of 17.1 percent as of February 2023, and this new age limit has compounded their problems,” the aspirant said.
The JKAS aspirants said the upper age limit in other states like Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, and Haryana was between 40-42 years for their State clause. PSC exams. “The discon- tinuous conduct of exams and the high unemploy- ment rate have pushed the JKAS aspirants against the wall,” the aspirants said and demanded that the upper age limit for J&K aspirants for appearing in JKAS exams should be permanently enhanced at par with other told Greater Kashmir. states to provide some relief to the aspirants who are above the age of 32.
istration to consider our demand and address it to resolve it once forever.” the aspirants said. The aspi- rants said that hundreds of candidates are likely to miss the Combined Competitive Exam (CCE)-2023, as the gov- ernment has kept the upper age limit of the aspirants
“We hope that authorities will relax the upper age limit in the interest of hundreds of candidates who have been left high and dry as they are not eligible to appear in the exam despite doing prepara tions for the last few years,” the aspirants. The aspirants said the SRO 103 was copied from the UPSC website and given approval in J&K with- out going through its age
“Aspirants are in frustra- tion and are hopeful to get relaxation in age limit,” they said. Chairman JKPSC Satish Chandra when contacted said the decision to relax the upper age limit for aspiring candi- dates can be taken by the gov- ernment. “PSC has no man- date to take such decisions” he
Meanwhile advisor to J&K Lieutenant Governor (LG) Rajiv Rai Batnagar was not available for his comments on
“We appeal to the JKPSC authorities and J&K admin- the issue.
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