Nearly a hundred OBC, SC and ST civil service aspirants declared successful a month ago will have to wait another six months to figure out if they celebrated a little too early.
The Union Public Service Commission on Thursday came out with a revised list of successful candidates in the Civil Services (Main) Examination 2007. The revised list comes in the wake of the Supreme Court staying a Madras High Court directive to the UPSC that reserved category candidates qualifying in the general merit should not be considered from the quota category.
The official plea, however, is that an OBC candidate who clears the test in the general merit list uses the benefit of quota for allotment of better service. “The government’s point is that a candidate should be considered against a reserved seat if he gets the fruits of reservation at any point,” an official said. It is in keeping with this plea that the revised list has been brought after the Supreme Court stay.
In this list, UPSC has recommended 638 candidates for appointment in the government, down from the 734 candidates provisionally recommended on May 16. “The remaining 96 candidates, all from reserved categories, would have to wait to see if they too will make it in the second list,” a senior government official said. Their names have been included in a fresh waiting list of 192 candidates.
But there could be some good news for general category students. Half of the candidates in this waiting list are fresh names from the general category, giving them hope that they may have a chance if some successful candidates do not take up the civil service offer.
“The entire exercise depends on the allocation of service of the candidates. This exercise is normally completed by August-September but there are a few cases every year that seek an extension on one ground or the other. So, it may be realistic to expect the picture to become clear by November or December,” said a senior government official.