HC nullifies Pre-21 results, asks UPPSC to grant 5% quota to ex-servicemen in Group B, C posts

Prayagraj: By quashing the results of PCS before 2021, Allahabad Supreme Court has ordered the Secretary of the Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission (UPPSC) to grant a 5% reservation to ex-army personnel on Group B and Group posts C and the new results within a month. After this, the main written exam and interview would be held again. The committee had started conducting interviews from 21 July. But it will be held again.

Admitting the petition filed by four non-commissioned officers, Satish Chandra Shukla and three others, who were retiring from the military after completing the required number of years of service, Justice Sangeeta Chandra noted: reservation to ex-armymen to be tarnished and destroyed .”

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“Therefore, the UPPSC is instructed to recalibrate the result of the preliminary investigation and give the benefit of reservation to ex-army personnel at Group B and Group C posts. After publication of the preliminary examination results within one month, admission tickets for the main written examination will be issued accordingly and the results thereof will be declared, with 5% reservation made on Group B and Group C posts and also for former army personnel” the court said. addressed in his judgment of 2 August. In the present writ petition, the petitioner had requested the court to issue an instruction to the UPPSC to implement 5% reservation for ex-servicemen in the ongoing selection process for the Combined State Upper Subordinate Services (PCS) Examination-2021 and Assistant Conservator of Forest/Range Forest Officer Services Examination-2021.

The PCS-2021 ad was released on February 5, 2021. The last date for online submission was March 5, 2021, which was later extended to March 17, 2021.

In the meantime, a change has been announced on March 3, 2021 with regard to 5% reservation for the ex-servicemen.

The petitioners said that despite the publication of the notice before the last application date, the UPPSC refused to give the benefit of reservation to the ex-servicemen.

While the Supreme Court approved the petition, the Supreme Court said that when the 2021 amendment was announced, the online form submission portal was open until March 17, 2021. Had the commission been cautious in such a situation, it would have had the advantage of be able to make a reservation to group-B and group-C.

On December 1, 2021, UPPSC announced the results of the preliminary examination in which 7,688 candidates were declared successful. A total of 3,21,273 of the registered 6,91,173 candidates had appeared in the 2021 PCS (preliminary) exam, held at 1,505 exam centers in 31 counties of the state on October 24, 2021.

The committee then conducted PCS (mains)-2021 for candidates declared qualified for the preparatory exam at centers in Lucknow, Prayagraj and Ghaziabad between 23 and 27 March 2022, in which 5,957 candidates appeared. The results of PCS (main stream)-2021 were announced on 12 July 2022. A total of 1,285 candidates passed the recruitment main exam against 623 job offers.

Following the announcement of the interview schedule for the 2021 State/Senior Subordinate Services Combined Examination, commonly known as PCS-2021, the commission began interviewing the candidates on July 21 and will complete it on August 5. and the interview would be held again after the new preliminary research results were announced.

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