Kerala PSC refuses to extend validity of old rank lists

Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala Public Service Commission (PSC) has decided to conduct exams for preparing new rank lists as the validity of 493 rank lists will expire on August 4.

The decision was taken in the meeting of PSC officials on Monday. There was no direction for PSC from the government in this regard. However, soon after the chief minister of the state rejected the demand to extend the validity of the rank list in the assembly on Monday, PSC took the decision to convene the meeting.

It is learned that the government didn’t recommend PSC to extend the validity of 492 rank lists. The validity of the rank lists which was extended from February 2, 2021 to August 3, 2021 will expire on August 4.

Hence, the new rank list of Lower Division Clerk (LDC) and Last Grade Servant (LGS) will not be published as the second phase of exams have not been conducted. Earlier, LDC candidates approached the Thiruvananthapuram bench of the Administrative Tribunal. Following this, the tribunal extended the validity of the rank list to September 29. But PSC moved to High Court questioning the verdict of the tribunal.

In the petition before High Court, PSC asserted that they cannot extend the validity of a particular rank list. If a particular rank list is extended it will affect other lists too. In the meeting on Monday, PSC decided to move forward with the next phase of exams in October and procedures.

At this juncture the protest by PSC rank holders in front of the secretariat may not be successful.

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