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Only 39 of 3,800 clear HCS (Judicial) examination
Maneesh Chhibber
Our High Court Correspondent

Chandigarh, May 28
Just 39 out of 3800 candidates have cleared the written test for the Haryana Civil Service (Judicial). The result seems all the more dismal when compared to the fact that for a candidate to clear the written test, all that was required was to secure just 50 per cent marks.

Of the total of about 3800 persons who had applied for selection to the HCS (Judicial), only 2450-odd actually appeared for the written test conducted by the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

Of all the candidates who took the test only 39 actually secured more than 50 per cent marks.

It is probably for the first time that the high court is conducting the examination for judicial officers
of Haryana.

The high court had been requested by the Haryana Government to select candidates for 31 vacancies of judicial officers in the state.

“What we have now is a never-before task of interviewing just 39 candidates for 31vacancies ”.

Sources said that of the 39 candidates who have cleared the written test, 35 belong to the general category, while four belong to the reserved categories.

The sources also added that what could also make the high court task in finalising the select list all the more difficult, if not impossible, is the fact that of the 31 posts that are required to be filled, only 15 are meant for general category candidates.

“So, we have only four candidates for the remaining 16 posts, which are reserved for various categories. How is the high court supposed to fill the remaining posts?” wondered a high court official.

Sources connected with the selection process also observed that what might have led to the dismal performance by the candidates were the strict measures introduced by the high court committee holding the examination. This committee was functioning under the direct supervision of the Acting Chief Justice, Mr Justice H.S. Bedi.

The interviews of the 39 candidates who cleared the written test will be held in mid-June, when the high court is closed for summer vacations.

The high court had been requested by the Haryana Government to make the selections for filling the vacant posts of HCS (Judicial) during hearing of a public interest litigation in this regard.

The posts, which had initially been referred to the Haryana Public Service Commissions, were later withdrawn from its purview and referred to the High Court so that it could fill them through its own process.


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