Clash in SSB exam dates leaves aspirants in lurch

No Chance To Make Changes At Last Moment, Says Board Chairman

Syed Rizwan Geelani
Srinagar, Publish Date: Apr 25 2018 10:56PM | Updated Date: Apr 25 2018 10:56PM
Clash in SSB exam dates leaves aspirants in lurch

The flawed management of Service Selection Recruitment Board (SSRB) in scheduling exams for the various government department posts has left the candidates high and dry.

The aspirants who have applied for various non-gazetted posts said the schedule of exams notified by SSB was flawed given the location of examination centres and consecutive dates, which makes it “impossible” for them to attend.

As per its notification, SSRB has scheduled exams for Urdu teacher post on April 28 in Kashmir province, while exams for Naib Tehsildar posts will be held on April 29 for all Jammu and Kashmir candidates in Jammu province.

“Most of us who have to appear in Urdu teacher exam are allotted exams centre in different districts of Kashmir while as exams centres for Naib Tehsildar exams are allotted in Jammu province. It is not possible for us to reach Jammu within this short period of time,” said a student, who was part of a delegation of aspirants. 

“If the date of one exam is not changed most of the candidates will miss one exam.”

The aggrieved aspirants said the traffic department has scheduled traffic movement from Jammu to Srinagar on April 28 and 29 keeping in view the shifting of move offices from Jammu to Srinagar.

“How can we reach to our exam centers? Even, if we book airtickets, which most of us cannot afford, still we won’t be able to appear in the Naib Tehsildar exam in Jammu on April 29,” said another candidate. 

The candidates castigated the SSB authorities for notifying flawed exam schedule and said there should have been a gap of 2-3 days between the two exams.

“Qualifying the exam is secondary but what matters is how to appear in the exams. SSB can’t play with career of the aspirants,” said another candidate.

The candidates urged the SSB authorities to make suitable modification in the exams schedule keeping in view the future of educated unemployed youth.

Chairman SSB Simrandeep Singh stated that it was impossible to change exam centre at the last moment.

“We had given prior notice to the students to raise their grievance regarding allotment of exam centres within a stipulated time period after notification of exam centres was issued. Many aspirants approached us and we resolved their grievance,” he said.

He said some candidates have not followed the notification and want to get their exam venue changed today. “I can’t make any change in the exam centres allotted to the candidates,” he said.