Center should tell the basis of selection in Civil Services Examination: High Court

The Delhi High Court once again refused to ban the Indian Civil Service Main Examination and Interview starting on 8 January. The court, while hearing a petition filed on the issue of reserving fewer seats for the differently-abled, said that if the petition is accepted, the differently-abled will be granted relief accordingly. Presently refused to give interim order in the case.

A division bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Jyoti Singh said that in the selection of candidates for the Indian Civil Service Main Examination and subsequent interview, it was wrong to make a decision without declaring the actual number of posts of disabled category. The court has directed the Central and Union Public Service Commission to clarify on what basis it decided how many posts of Handicapped candidates.

The bench said that when your vacancies are fluctuating, how many people will you call for main and interview. The court said that calling the candidates for main and interview without deciding the total actual number would be considered an arbitrary decision.

The court said that it should be clear how the difference in the number of vacancies calculated for Handicapped is eight, the argument made by the petitioner organization probability. According to the petitioner, there is a fixed four percent reservation for legal persons with disabilities.

Out of total of 796 posts, a total of 31.8 posts should be reserved under four percent whereas the institute has declared 24 posts as reserved. This is a mistake in calculation. The court while deciding the case on 29 January has directed the Central Government and UPSC to clarify their stand on the issue.