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Judicial mains exam in date fix

Candidates, who have been shortlisted for the Jharkhand Judicial Service Mains Examination, have landed in a soup with the test dates clashing with those of two other states.

The Jharkhand Public Service Commission (JPSC) has notified July 19 and July 20 as the dates of the judicial service mains examination whereas Chhattisgarh High Court and Allahabad High Court will be conducting preliminary examinations for the same test in their respective states on July 20.

Aspiring judicial officers, who are to appear for the Jharkhand exam, are now livid, saying that the JPSC did not take into account the dates of the other exams before announcing its own schedule.

Around 1,800 candidates from across the country have cleared the prelims to be eligible for the Jharkhand Judicial Service Mains Examination.

“From the way JPSC fixed the dates arbitrarily, it’s clear that the recruitment agency wants to deprive the candidates a chance to appear in the preliminary examinations for judicial services in other states. JPSC declared July 19 and 20 as the dates of the main exams for selection of civil judge (junior division) about a month after Allahabad High Court and Chhattisgarh High Court came out with their schedules,” said Lokesh Mishra, a candidate from Allahabad, to The Telegraph over phone.

Harsh Vardan Choubey, who also hails from Allahabad, agreed.

“No aspiring judicial officer would want to miss an exam as it’s the question of our career. No one knows when lady luck smiles on whom,” he said.

Vishal Shukla, who are in a similar situation like Lokesh and Harsh Vardan, said it was very difficult for them to make a choice.

“The number of vacancies in Jharkhand is only 110. This means that out of 1,797 appearing for the mains, 1,687 will not qualify. At the same time, they will lose the opportunity to appear for the prelims in Chhattisgarh and Uttar Pradesh. The stakes are really high,” he said.

Of the 1,797 candidates, 100 are from Allahabad.

Acting secretary of JPSC Sumant Kumar Sinha admitted to the problem, but at the same time, expressed helplessness to do anything about the dates. “The judicial service examination here is being monitored by Jharkhand High Court. As there is a crisis of judicial officers in the state, the JPSC wants to send its recommendation latest by September and complete the selection process in nine months. There is no chance of changing the exam dates,” he said.