After spending a sleepless night to finalise the results of Punjab State Civil Services Combined Competitive Examination (2009), the entire team of Punjab Public Service Commission is an elated lot. The reason: the commission, which has been mired in many controversies, had conducted the PCS exam successfully after a long gap of 14 years.
The last PCS exam was conducted in the year 2003, but it was for the candidates who had appeared in the 1998-99 batch, the selection of which was quashed after the 'cash-for-job' scam involving the then PPSC chairman Ravinderpal Singh Sidhu was exposed by the Vigilance Department.
Where the results of the PCS exam brought cheer to the successful candidates, it brought relief to the PPSC. This could be the reason that at the end of the interviews on Wednesday evening, PPSC chairman Lt Gen (retd) RS Sujlana directed his staff and commission members not to leave office without declaring the results. So, at 4 pm began the hectic exercise of compiling the results that lasted nearly 12 hours.
"Hope and aspiration, commission's prestige, everything was at stake. Thus, I wanted to declare the results the very day the interviews were conducted. I signed the final result documents at 4 am and then left the office," Lt Gen Sujlana said. The result was uploaded on the commission website after that.
"It (PCS result) has restored the lost glory of the commission. Everything was done in a transparent manner and I am happy," said Lt Gen Sujlana, who joined the commission when it was embroiled in the controversy relating to the appointment of PCMS doctors.
He said this time, the commission had roped in several noted personalities like former DGPs, former Haryana Public Service Commission chairman, former chief secretary, noted economists of international repute and former army officers for various interviews sessions so that they could assess the commission's working. "Most of them compared PPSC exam with the UPSC," said a relaxed chairman.
"I have achieved my first goal and now the commission will act in a more transparent manner. Next time, we will have two or three interview panels. We will follow the pick-a-slip from box method, which will ensure transparency in the interview panel," he said.
Buoyed by the successful conduct of the exams, the chairman announced the commission's decision to conduct the next PCS exams later this year. He said the schedule has already been put on the website.