Odisha High Court has instructed Odisha Public Service Commission (OPSC) to re-conduct the preliminary exam of Odisha Judicial Service 2015. OJS 2015 prelims was conducted on 31 May for the post for civil judges across the state. Around 2,000 candidates appeared for 69 posts as Civil Judge.
Considering the petition made by the aspirants over the large scale irregularities in the question set of OJS-2015 (prelims), Justice Dr. B. R. Sarangi has suppressed the preliminary exam conducted in the month of May and directed Odisha Public Service Commission (OPSC) to re-conduct the Odisha Judicial Service exam within six weeks.
The writ issued by the Odisha High Court as on 28 July was challenged by the OPSC and an appeal was made to reconsider the judgment. However, order passed by Justice B R Sarangi was supported by the division bench of the High Court on Thursday, headed by Chief Justice D H Waghela and directed OPSC to freshly re-conduct the OJS Prelims 2015.
Allegations were made by the candidates that out of 100 questions in around 26 questions were wrong, out of syllabus or contain grammatical errors. Owing to the faulty nature of the question paper, several candidates approached to the court seeking judicial intervention. OPSC in their appeal stated that some questions were set intentionally in ambitious manner in order to award grace marks to the candidates. However, High Court ignored the appeal made by the commission and order for fresh examination.
Odisha High Court in its ruling stated, “Normally, the courts do not interfere in selection process of judicial officers. But being the constitutional authority and seeing the glaring illegality in the process, the court was compelled to step in.”
Odisha Public Service Commission after losing out in a legal war to the candidates, the commission has announced that re-test of preliminary exam on Odisha Judicial Service shall be conducted on 6 September, 2015. Official notification of OJS prelims 2015 re-test can be seen over viewed at the official website of OPSC. However, commission has clearly mentioned that no fresh applications would be allowed and only those candidates who were enrolled for the initial examination would be allowed to sit for the re-test. Also, no fresh admit cards will be issued for the exam.
Odisha High Court, however, has directed the commission to conduct the OJS-2015 (mains) within four weeks after the results for preliminary examination are declared.