JKAS Aspirants Demand Equal Age Limit as Other States
Aspirants who are appearing in the upcoming Jammu and Kashmir Administrative Service (JKAS) examination have urged the J&K administration to enhance the upper age limit for them at par with other states in the country. The aspirants have cited the J&K Public Service Commission’s (JKPSC) notification inviting applications for the J&K Combined Competitive (Preliminary) examination 2023 for filling 75 vacancies, which has set the age cap at 32 years for Jammu and Kashmir aspirants who are supposed to appear in the competitive exam in Open Merit category, which is the lowest age limit for a State PSC exam in the entire country.
The Impact of SRO 103 of 2018 (JKAS)
The notification for filing 75 JKAS/JKPS vacancies as per SRO 103 of 2018 has made thousands of KAS aspirants ineligible who were waiting for the PSC notification and preparing for exams. The aspirants have pointed out that SRO 103 reduces the age of open merit students from 37 to 32 years, which they feel is a grave injustice to unemployed youth of J&K. The aspirants have said that the cap on age limit of 32 years has put hundreds of aspirants in distress as they have already crossed the age limit in previous years.
Comparison with Other States
The JKAS aspirants have said that the upper age limit in other states like Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, and Haryana was between 40-42 years for their State PSC exams. They have pointed out that the discontinuous conduct of exams and the high unemployment rate have pushed the JKAS aspirants against the wall.
Demand for Permanent Enhancement in Upper Age Limit (JKAS)
The JKAS aspirants have demanded that the upper age limit for J&K aspirants for appearing in JKAS exams should be permanently enhanced at par with other states to provide some relief to the aspirants who are above the age of 32. The aspirants have appealed to the JKPSC authorities and J&K administration to consider their demand and address it to resolve it once forever.
The aspirants have said that hundreds of candidates are likely to miss the Combined Competitive Exam (CCE)-2023, as the government has kept the upper age limit of the aspirants from 32 years. They have expressed hope that authorities will relax the upper age limit in the interest of hundreds of candidates who have been left high and dry as they are not eligible to appear in the exam despite doing preparations for the last few years. Chairman JKPSC Satish Chandra has said that the decision to relax the upper age limit for aspiring candidates can be taken by the government.
The demand for relaxation in the upper age limit for JKAS aspirants at par with other states is a genuine concern of the aspirants. The JKPSC authorities and J&K administration should consider the demand of the aspirants and address it to provide relief to the aspirants who are above the age of 32. The relaxation in the upper age limit can be a step towards reducing the high unemployment rate in Jammu and Kashmir