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Posted at: Nov 9, 2018, 1:56 AM; last updated: Nov 9, 2018, 1:56 AM (IST)PCS EXAMINATION

HC relief for physically challenged candidates

Saurabh Malik

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 8

The Punjab and Haryana High Court has ruled that candidates for Punjab Civil Services (Executive Branch) and Other Allied Services, belonging to the physically handicapped category, were “misled” into not applying afresh after a post was added through an addendum.

Justice Jaswant Singh also directed the Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) to consider candidates, securing more than cut-off marks of 177 in the physically handicapped category as shortlisted. It would be in addition to the earlier list for taking the main examination.

The ruling by Justice Jaswant Singh came on a petition against the state of Punjab and other respondents by Ramandeep Kaur through counsel Jatinderpal Singh. The petitioner belonging to the physically handicapped category had applied for 67 posts under the general category as posts for reserved category of physically handicapped was not advertised.

The petitioner secured 255 marks in the general category in the preliminary written test held on July 22, whereas the last candidate shortlisted in the general category was shown to have secured 292 marks.

But the commission issued an addendum in June, whereby five additional posts were added to the three posts of tehsildar already advertised, including one reserved for the physically handicapped category.

Her counsel argued the wordings of the addendum created confusion among the candidates. They assumed that fresh application was not required to be submitted by those who had already applied and had also disclosed their status of being physically handicapped category, while availing the benefit towards concession of fees.

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