PCS exams- Punjab cabinet approves increases number of attempts for ex-servicemen
Kanwar Inder Singh/ royalpatiala.in/ Chandigarh
Formalising the announcement made last week by Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, the Punjab Council of Ministers on Wednesday approved increase in the number of attempts for candidates belonging to ex-servicemen category in the Punjab State Civil Services Combined Competitive Examination.
The increase is on the pattern of the attempts provided by the Union Public Service Commission.
The Council of Ministers led by the Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has given approval to amend the existing proviso Clause (i) of Rule 5 of the Punjab Recruitment of Ex-Servicemen Rules 1982, in this regard.
With this approval, the way has been paved for increasing the number of attempts for general category ex-servicemen candidates from existing four to six, and four to nine for the Backward Classes ex-servicemen category in the PCS (Executive) and Allied Examination, while the Scheduled Castes ex-servicemen candidates would continue to get unlimited chances.
This decision has been taken in line with the UPSC pattern, and keeping in view the welfare of ex-servicemen so as to address the anomaly existing in the Rule 5 of Punjab Recruitment of Ex-Servicemen Rules 1982. Under the existing rules, candidates of all categories were allowed to maximum of four attempts as per Punjab State Civil Services (Appointment by Combined Competitive Examination) Rules 2009.
The Punjab Public Service Commission had earlier informed the Chief Secretary about having received several representations regarding the anomaly in number of attempts fixed for ex-servicemen and persons with disability for Punjab State Civil Services Combined Competitive Examinations.