Kozhikode: Violating the rules issued by the Public Service Commission, more and more number of graduates and higher qualified persons have applied for the Last Grade exam conducted to the various departments.

There are reports that graduates, candidates with PG, M.Phil have applied for the post. Some private coaching centres are behind these applications.

In the backdrop of this, the PSC has decided to strictly examine the applications to find whether more candidates with higher qualifications have applied.

PSC had decided the qualification for Last Grade as seventh standard. If higher qualified persons enter the job, they will leave the post on getting better jobs and the position will fall vacant.

To fill the vacancies, PSC will have to conduct another exam spending thousands of rupees. Considering this, the eligibility was decided as 7th standard.

The exam will be conducted on January 6 and January 13.

The government had issued a special rule stating the applicants must pass seventh standard and must not be a graduate. The number of applicants reduced considerably to 8 lakh from the previous year’s 14.2 lakh.

Violating the rules, the coaching centres are urging the graduates to apply for the exam to increase their winning percentile. They are taking the candidates into confidence that once the exam is cleared, the verdict in favour can be obtained from the court.

Meanwhile, PSC has made it clear that strict action will be taken, including barring from writing exams, against those who violate its rules. If the candidates show lower qualification in the “One Time Registration’ system, it could be detected while evaluating.

It is possible to find those applying with wrong qualifications using a software but a huge expense has to be incurred for this.