FOR THOUSANDS of the MP civil service aspirants, it has become an endless wait. The agonisingly long wait for Madhya Pradesh Public Service Commission Main examination (2003) result is proving a double bind of sorts. First, those who appeared in the examination have no way to know whether they made it or not. Second, with results still not out for the Main 2003 examination, they are not sure of the career options.
The candidates had appeared in the Main examination (MPPSC-2003) after a long wait early this year. But a fresh preliminary examination for the next year was also held. This means yet another Mains examination with the result for the previous Main exam still nowhere in sight.
‘For almost five years, there was no PSC examination in the State leading to many bright youths to become overage. Finally when the examinations were held, the commission does not appear to be bothered about the result and the consequences of the delay for us, says an aspirant unwilling to disclose his name. Worse still, there is no word as to when the result will be declared. “At least if the result is known, we can assess ourselves and decide whether to keep preparing for PSC or seek another career avenue,” say PSC aspirants Sanjay and Mahendra.
The MPPSC examination was to be held in 2001 but could not be held owing to a court stay. Ultimately, the notification for exam was made two years later – in 2003 – and, the date was declared in 2004 and the preliminary exam had taken place in December 2005. Five months later, the main examination was held in May 2006.
In the meantime, preliminary examination for the next year was held amid controversies. Says Khalid Hasan, Koh-e-Fiza resident, “Calling PSC office in Indore doesn’t serve any purpose because they don’t tell anything.”
Another aspirant said that he could not do job hunt because if he starts even a part-time work, he might lose focus. Many students from small towns spend lot of money to live in Bhopal and Indore to prepare for the MPPSC examination.
MPPSC chairman Pradeep Joshi could not be contacted as the staff informed he was away to Delhi. Though MPPSC Secretary Dr Madhu Khare said preparations were on and the results would be declared, she did not specify the exact time it would take. Asked why still no date for the result, she said, “We can’t tell the date but it would not be delayed too much.” Asked if the shortage of staff was delaying the examination, Khare said that apart from that the MPPSC held several examinations over a short period of time.