Ramakanta Biswas

In a major relief for the candidates who have exhausted all attempts in the Civil Services Examination, the Odisha government has decided to grant them an additional compensatory chance to appear in the recruitment examination in 2021.

According to a notification issued by the general administration and public grievance (GA&PG) department, an additional compensatory attempt will be provided to candidates who had appeared in the Odisha Civil Services Examination (OCSE) 2019 and OCSE 2020, but are now ineligible to appear in OCSE 2021. 

“After careful consideration, it has been decided by the government that notwithstanding anything contained in the rules, the intending candidates who have appeared in OCSE-2019 or OCSE-2020 but are otherwise ineligible to appear/compete in the OCSE-2021 on account of the attainment of upper age limit or exhaustion of the attempts prescribed under the Rules, shall be allowed one more additional compensatory attempt for appearing in OCSE-2021,” the GA&PG notification dated December 20 read.

The department clearly stated that no further attempt to appear the OCS Examination shall be allowed in the future. 

“This shall come into force with immediate effect. The provisions of the OCS (CCRE) Rules, 1991 are being amended to the above extent separately,” it added.  

Earlier, the State government had allowed compensatory attempts to candidates to appear in the OCSE-2016, OCSE-2017, OCSE-2018, OCSE-2019 & OCSE-2020 irrespective of their maximum age limit.  

“On account of delay in conducting Odisha Civil Services, Combined Competitive Recruitment Examinations (CCRE) in each year during the period 2011-2014 and consequent upon the introduction of UPSC pattern in the OCS Examination, it was decided by the Government in the past to allow additional compensatory attempts to appear in the OCSE-2016, OCSE-2017, OCSE-2018, OCSE-2019 & OCSE-2020 irrespective of maximum age limit of the candidates,” the notification said.

“In spite of that, there are pressing demands from some OCS Examination aspirants to allow them additional chances to appear in the OCSE-2021 irrespective of their maximum age limit,” it added.