KARACHI: The Sindh High Court on Thursday sought comments from Sindh chief secretary, Sindh Public Service Commission’s chairman, controller examination and its members on a petition against holding of screening tests for provincial civil services examination.
The petitioners, Imtiaz Ali Shah and Sultan Ahmed, moved the court, submitting that the SPSC conducted the screening tests of 18,000 candidates for the provincial civil services examination for over 200 posts of assistant commissioners, excise and taxation, labour and section officers.
They said the screening test was conducted illegally as initially the passing marks were declared 30 percent. Later, it was changed to 50 percent marks. After the screening tests were conducted, the SPSC awarded nine grace marks to the failed students.
Firstly, the commission itself was not competent as eleven questions’ answers were wrong, they argued, adding that secondly, there was no provision for holding screening test in the rules of the commission.
Moreover, many candidates brought cell phones in the examination centers for cheating.
The petitioners pleaded to the court to declare the screening tests test illegal and restrain the commission from holding written combined competitive examination 2015, which is scheduled for April 7.
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