Kozhikode: The Kerala Public Service Commission has been blamed for depriving a second chance to several job hopefuls who couldn't appear for a preliminary exam on the scheduled date despite giving an assurance.
Thousands of job aspirants have been left in the lurch as the PSC allowed only 2,000 candidates to sit for a test reconducted for certain categories of candidates. This pertains to a single preliminary exam for several vacancies of five posts, including Lower Division Clerk and Last-Grade Servant. Class 10 was the minimum qualification to apply.
The exam was held in four phases. The PSC had assured that those who had faced inconvenience in writing the exam on the first three dates would be allowed to appear for the exam during the final phase.
The PSC had announced that if certain catogories of candidates made a request along with the right documents, then their exams would be postponed to March 13. Those allowed the exemption were people who had tested positive for COVID-19, pregnant women with the due date falling amid the exam dates, those who had met with serious accidents and those taking exams of recognised universities or other tests for government services.
Following this, thousands of candidates had applied to get the exam dates changed. They did not appear for the same exam on the other dates and waited to get the hall tickets for the March 13 exam. But they were not issued the hall tickets.
Records show of the 13,000 candidates, who requested the PSC to get the dates changed, 11,000 were not allotted another exam date. Only 2,000 candidates were allowed new exam dates and their exam has been conducted.
These 11,000 candidates lost out on the opportunity for the five posts that needed only class 10 qualification. This was also the last chance for several candidates, who had crossed the age limit.
In all, the hall tickets were issued for 17 lakh candidates for four dates from February to March.
Meanwhile, the aggrieved candidates have demanded that a special exam be held for them.