The Telangana State Public Service Commission (TSPSC) has canceled the preliminary examination for the coveted Category I cadre posts due to irregularities, leaving nearly 2.5 lakh students in confusion and anguish.
Acting on a petition by some candidates seeking cancellation of the preliminary exams conducted by TSPSC on June 11, the Telangana High Court on Saturday directed the board to cancel the exams and conduct them again.
This comes as a shock to the aspirants as this is the second consecutive time that preliminary exams have had to be cancelled. The notification for the recruitment of 500 Group-I cadre posts, including tax accountant and deputy inspector general of police, was announced in April 2022, and the preliminary review was conducted in October of the same year. However, after the results of the preliminary examination were announced and shortly before the main examination began, it was discovered that some staff members of the selection committee had leaked the examination paper, and the examination was cancelled.
The TSPSC conducted the examination for the second time in June this year, but it once again sparked controversy as it violated many norms, including biometric attendance/verification of candidates, during the conduct of the examination. Some candidates appealed to the High Court, which canceled the exams, citing a lack of transparency. While the commission plans to appeal against the single-judge bench order, candidates are still in shock and anguish. “Three years ago, I quit my job at TCS to prepare for the exam. Now that is no more. It is sad that TSPSC did not take proper care at least for the second time,” said Naresh, a science and engineering graduate (Naresh) said. ” My aim was to become an IAS officer. But due to the clash of the first set of exams with the UPSC Civil Services exam, I did not attempt it for the past three years and instead appeared for the National Service exam. I stayed in a hotel in Hyderabad It is a waste of time, energy and money to prepare and appear for the first level exam,” said P Jyothi, a graduate from Mahbubabad.