Fact-finding panel points to KPSC wrongdoing

The Karnataka Public Service Commission (KPSC) has violated the ratio policy of 1:20 for the main examination and 1:5 for personality test during the selection of gazetted probationers in 1998, 1999 and 2004, the High Court-appointed fact finding committee has said in its report.

The committee on Friday submitted its report to the High Court. It examined the CID investigation report into irregularities in the selection of gazetted probationers and also incorporated its findings in the report.

The committee has found that answer scripts of 1999 exams were destroyed and marks were manipulated in computer tabulation during the year 2004 and also marks were tampered with by overwriting during 2004.

Most important finding is how the revaluation of Compulsory English papers of the failed candidates for the year 2004 was done though there was no such provision and also how a particular category was favoured during selection of candidates in the year 2004.The panel has mentioned that the KPSC arbitrarily changed the categories of the candidates. The two-volume report with 698 pages has been submitted to the court along with a synopsis of six page with 28 significant points. 


The report confirms the findings of CID such as violation of High Court order in moderation process. It also mentions about how a single member of the interview committee awarded marks while at least two members ought to have conducted the interview.

The report mentions how the KPSC tampered with the marks awarded in the personality test in the year 1998, 1999 and 2004, accepted incomplete caste and income certificate and also accepted caste certificate, which were not issued by competent authority. During the hearing of the petition by Khaleel Ahmed, V Raghu and others, the High Court had constituted a fact finding panel comprising the two petitioners, government advocate and KPSC members.

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