Hence, a signature campaign is held today at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) against a recent notice of the Union Public Service Commission which sets the eligibility date for taking the examination on August 1. Students say that "the date excludes the candidature of many students who are waiting for their last chance."
In a letter addressed to V Narayanaswamy, MoS DoPt, the students have said that "the problem with this cut-off date is that it excludes candidature (of those) falling short of age. The last chance (for some applicants) is lost because of their ages fall short by some days or months."
Ghanshyam Das, a research fellow at JNU who started this campaign, said, "If they shift the cut-off date to May 1, 2014 instead of the present August 1, 2013, the issues of a lot of students applying in their last chance will be solved."
Age Limits (As Per The Notification) :
1. A candidate must have attained the age of 21 years and must not have attained the age of 30 years on 1st August, 2013, i.e. he/she must have been born not earlier than 2nd August, 1983 and not later than 1st August, 1992.
2. The upper age limit prescribed above will be relaxable :
(i) upto a maximum of five years ifa candidate belongs to a Scheduled Caste or a Scheduled Tribe.
(ii) upto a maximum of three years in the case of candidates belonging to Other Backward Classes who are eligible to avail of reservation applicable to such candidates.
(iii) upto a maximum of five years if a candidate had ordinarily been domiciled in the State of Jammu & Kashmir during the period from the 1st January, 1980 to the 31stday of December, 1989.
(iv) upto a maximum of three years in the case of Defence Services personnel disabled in operations during hostilities with any foreign country or in a disturbed area and released as a consequence thereof.
(v) upto a maximum of five years in the case of ex-servicemen including Commission Officers and ECOs/ SSCOs who have rendered at least five years Military Service as on 1st August, 2013 and have been released (i) on completion of assignment (including those whose assignment is due to be completed within one year from 1st August, 2013) otherwise than by way ofdismissal or discharge on account of misconduct or inefficiency, or (ii) on account of physical disability attributable to Military Service, or (iii) on invalidment.
(vi) Upto a maximum of five years in the case of ECOs/SSCOs who have completed an initialperiod of assignment of five years Military Service as on 1st August, 2013 and whose assignment has been extended beyond five years and in whose case the Ministry of Defence issues a certificate that they can apply for civil employment and that they will be released on three months notice on selection from the date of receipt of offer of appointment.
(vii) upto a maximum of 10 years in the case of blind, deaf-mute and orthopaedically handicapped persons.