Pradeep Singh

The results of Odisha Civil Services (OCS) and Odisha Judicial Services (OJS) exams are getting delayed as the Odisha Public Service Commission (OPSC) is unable to find examiners to evaluate the descriptive papers of the examinations. 

The Commission is reportedly struggling to find examiners and this had led to the delay in declaration of the OCS and OJS exam results. As per reports, efforts are on to find suitable professors and associate professors for the job. 

A recent letter from the OPSC to the State Higher Education Department has revealed the same. "OPSC is experiencing difficulties for timely evaluation of descriptive papers in Odisha Civil Services and OJS examination etc. due to non-availability of examiners in the rank of Professors and Associate Professors," the letter read.

Stating that the non-availability has led to delay in finalisation and declaration of results, the Commission has requested the department to submit the list of serving faculties of government colleges/universities in some disciplines (as enclosed in the letter) whose services can be spared for a period of 10 working days for evaluation on rotation basis.

Subsequently, the department has written to the Registrars of the State public universities to furnish the list of professors and associate professors immediately for further course of action.

On the other hand, the OCS and OJS aspirants, who had appeared for the Mains exams in January this year, are eagerly waiting for the announcement of the results.

"When an exam is not conducted as per the calendar, it pushes candidates into an uncertainty. It is affecting our preparation plans entirely. Timely conduct and declaration of results are in the interest of all candidates," said an OCS aspirant.

Another aspirant said, "One preparing for the OCS exam faces several difficulties in writing another exam as the syllabus is completely different. So, delay mars aspirants' chances to appear for other exams."

The OCS Mains result, which is being awaited now, is of 2020. Prelims of the same was conducted in 2021 and the Mains in 2022. But the results are yet to be declared. As per the calendar, the result was to be declared in August and the interview was set to be held in September. The delay has made the aspirants anxious, said an educationist.

Educationists also opined that OPSC can rope in eligible examiners from outside the state if there is dearth in Odisha. They also believe that the Commission is currently marred with tremendous work pressure and corruption.