Ramakanta Biswas

With barely two days left for the computer practical skill test for the posts of Panchayat Executive Officer (PEO) and Junior Assistant (JA), disruption in the downloading of admit cards has left thousands of aspirants in a quandary.

The Odisha Sub-ordinate Staff Selection Commission (OSSSC) is scheduled to conduct the practical skill test in basic computer skills on November 5 (Sunday) in Khordha and Cuttack districts. 

Many candidates who are going to appear in the skill test complained that they are unable to download the admission letter from the official website-www.osssc.gov.in due to poor loading of the site. Moreover, some other candidates who managed to download their admit cards could not open the file due to an 'unsupported file format'.

The malfunctioning of the website and glitch in the admit card download have pushed the job aspirants into disappointment and cast a shadow of uncertainty on the scheduled computer practical test. 

Many candidates took to the X platform to express their disappointment and urged the OSSSC authorities to resolve the issue as soon as possible.

"Respective Sir @MoSarkar5T and @CMO_Odisha, OSSSC PEO & JA Aspirants are eagerly waiting for their upcoming skill test. However, their excitement has been met with disappointment as they cannot download their admit cards due to a server malfunction. With the clock ticking and only two days left, these aspirants are feeling the pressure to travel long distances and make it to the test on November 5th. It's time for OSSSC @MoSarkar5T to step up and take immediate action to ensure these Aspirants can pursue their dreams without any further delays," wrote a user. 

Elaborating on the glitch in the admit card, an aspirant wrote, "When many candidates including me are downloading the OSSSC JA & PEO Skill Test Admit Card, then a 54 KB PDF is being downloaded, on opening which the admit card is not opening. Our skill test is on 5th November. Please take action on this soon." 

Another aspirant alleged that the OSSSC authorities are not responding to the representations made by the aspirants and doing precious little to address the issue.

"No admit card. No date change option. Nobody respond to email. Nobody answer the call. SHAME ON OSSSC. God knows what the chairman, secretary, other staffs do everyday in office. Waste of public money. Remove that number and email address from website. It's of no use," the aspirant wrote. 

The reaction of the OSSSC authorities could not be obtained on the issue.