Vikash Sharma

The Odisha government on Monday provided a major relief to the aspirants by providing them one more compensatory attempt to appear in the Odisha Civil Services (OCS) exam and Combined Competitive Recruitment Examinations, 2022.

As per the latest notification, the General Administration & Public Grievances Department stated that the state government in the past decided to allow additional compensatory attempts to appear in the OCSE-2016, OCSE 17, OCSE 2018, OCSE 2019, OCSE 2020 and OCSE 2021 irrespective of maximum age limit of the candidates.

This was done on account of delay in conducting the Odisha Civil Services, Combined Competitive Recruitment Examinations (CCRE) in each year during the period 2011-2014 and upon introduction of UPSC pattern in the OCS, Examination.

In spite of this, several representations were received from some OCS Examination aspirants requesting to grant them additional chances to appear in the OCSE 2022 irrespective of their maximum age limit.

“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, OCSE 2020 and OCSE 2021 but are otherwise ineligible to appear/compete in the OCSE 2022 on account of attainment of upper age limit or exhaustion of attempts, shall be allowed one more attempt for appearing OCSE 2022,” the official notification read.

The decision shall come into force with immediate effect and the provisions of OCS (CCRE) Rules, 1991 are being separately amended. Moreover, no further additional compensatory attempt to appear OCS examination shall be allowed in future, the notification added.