PSI recruitment: He will have to drop exam if asked to publish new merit list: Gujarat government in High Court

On Friday, the state government told the Gujarat High Court that it would have no choice “but to abolish” Class 3 police sub-inspector exams altogether if the court ordered changes to the recruitment process methodology. The government’s response came in a submission to the High Court which is hearing a series of petitions challenging the methodology of the recruitment process for the post.

The petitioners challenge the inclusion of the reserved category candidates in the open category candidate list of the preliminary merit list for the purpose of standing in the main competition for the position of sub-inspector of police class-3.

The petitioners requested that this be declared illegal and that the court order the Police Sub-Inspector Recruitment Board (PSIRB) to publish a new merit list of candidates to appear for the main examination in accordance with the preliminary examination by calling three times the candidates of each category — reserved category and general category — to the number of vacancies notified for each of the categories without including the candidates of the reserved category in the open category.

A total of 1382 positions are to be filled.

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Nine petitions were filed by nearly 880 candidates. The applicants are candidates in the general category as well as the reserved categories (SEBC/SC/ST) who are being recruited for the sub-inspector of police, class 3. The examination is carried out in three stages – a physical test followed by a preliminary examination, then the main examination.

The physical test was conducted in December 2021 and almost 2.5 lakh candidates qualified to sit for the preliminary examination organized by the council on March 6, 2022. The results of this stage of the examination were declared on April 27, 2022, which lists the contestants who qualified for the main stage.

As an interim measure, the petitioners requested that, pending the final decision and order in the motions, the petitioners be permitted to appear at the main examination, scheduled for June 12. The court has now reserved the cases for a rehearing on June 6. .

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