In a major reprieve for 3.25 lakh candidates appearing for State Services Preliminary Examination 2013 scheduled to be held on April 7, the state government on Wednesday informed the Bombay High Court that the Maharashtra Public Service Commission (MPSC) will not insist on admit cards and candidates will be allowed to appear for the examination if they produce their examination fee receipt and photograph.
Government pleader Sandeep Shinde informed the division bench of Justice VM Kanade and Justice FM Reis that some of the data on MPSC server has been lost because of virus infection. Therefore, it has been decided to allow candidates to appear for the examination on producing the fee receipts and a photograph.
The court was hearing a petition filed by a former IAS officer Avinash Dhamradhikari seeking direction to postpone the preliminary examination by reasonable time so that students from rural areas could resubmit their information and obtain admit cards.
His counsel Anil Anturkar pointed out that the candidates have filled in forms two months back and were supposed to download their admit cards from MPSC website. However, the crashed and even on Wednesday it was not functional, which led to a chaotic situation.
Anturkar further said that in this backdrop, on April 2, MPSC issued circular requiring candidates to resubmit their respective information online, but the candidates from rural and backward areas of the state were finding it difficult to resubmit the information in such a short time. He, therefore, urged the court to direct MPSC to postpone the examination by at least one week.
The bench, however, appeared satisfied with the statement made by Shinde that students will be allowed to appear for the examination on producing their fee receipt and a photograph.
The bench then posted the petition for further hearing on April 5 with a direction to the government pleader to take instruction whether it was necessary to postpone the examination.