Marred by numerous litigations challenging questions and answer keys of judicial services exams in Punjab as well as Haryana, the Punjab and Haryana high court has taken a decision that now onwards it would only declare results after considering candidates' objections to answer keys uploaded on its website.
The court has also made it clear that once the result is declared, candidates shall neither be entitled to dispute the correctness of any of the questions and answers nor shall any objection in this regard be entertained at any subsequent stage.
The decision has been taken in view of the preliminary examinations for 14 posts of additional district and session judges in Punjab and 17 posts in Haryana, scheduled for September 21 and 22, respectively. The examination would be conducted by way of direct recruitment from the Bar associations of Punjab and Haryana at Goswami Ganesh Dutta Sanatan Dharma College, Sector 32, here.
It has also been cleared that candidates shall be allowed to carry with them the question paper after the preliminary examination. The proposed answer key to the question paper shall be displayed on the official website of the high court; after its display, candidates would get seven days for filing of objections disputing the correctness of any of the anwer key.
After considering such objections, if any, the anwer key shall be finalised before generating the result of the preliminary examination. Candidates equal to 10 times the number of vacancies advertised, selected in order of merit in their respective categories, shall become eligible to sit in the main examination.
The high court had on August 22 rejected the candidature of 114 applicants for Haryana superior judicial services and 25 for Punjab superior judicial services. Of the rejected candidates, 17 Haryana applicants and seven Punjab applicants had criminal cases pending against them.
Prelim results challenged earlier
The high court had on July 15 directed the high court's committee on the administrative side to delete or correct five questions that were apparently wrong in the Punjab Civil Services (Judicial Branch) preliminary examination held on June 8 and to declare the result by July 19. A bunch of petitions filed by more than 50 candidates had challenged wrong questions and answer keys of the preliminary examination, the result of which was declared on June 10.
On April 25, the high court had directed the Haryana Public Service Commission to allow additional 468 candidates, found eligible after review of wrong question papers and answer keys of the Haryana Civil Services (judicial branch) preliminary examination-2012 conducted on March 17, to fill forms for the main examination.