In a blow to around 15 thousand candidates, the Rajasthan Public Service Commission (RPSC) has postponed it’s Rajasthan Administrative Services (RAS) mains exam 2016 that was scheduled to be held on January 28, 29th, 2017.
The decision to postpone the RAS Mains exam has been taken in the view of the High Court’s order passed on 9 December. The exam came under the review when the results of RAS preliminary exam results were announced in which the cut-off marks for OBC category went above than that of general category. Also, as the RPSC implemented additional 5 percent quota for SBC candidates under the Rajasthan Special Backward Classes (SBC) Reservation Act 2015, the total reservation exceeded the permissible limit of 50 percent. The Court, in its judgement, has quashed the 5% SBC reservation quota.
Around 4.10 lakh candidates had applied for Rajasthan Administrative and Allied Services exam (RAS Exam 2016), however, some 3.03 lakh took the preliminary exam held in August. As the results were announced in September, a total of 11,046 candidates were declared qualified to appear for Mains exam. After the Court passed an order on 28 November, additional 4,592 candidates were included in the merit list.
The mains exam was initially scheduled to be held in December (26 & 27 Dec), but the exam date was postponed as new merit list was to be prepared. After shuffling, the exam was re-scheduled for January and even the admit cards were issued. As of now, the exam stands postponed (refer notice here) and the Commission has not even announced the fresh dates. The new exam date is expected to be announced by the end of this month.
RPSC will first revise the results of preliminary exam, based on the order of High Court. It is expected that the new merit list will feature less number of candidates.
The selection of the candidates for the posts under RAS examination is done through three-tier selection process comprising of prelims exam, main exam, and interview.