The Delhi High Court on Wednesday said that it is ‘arbitrary’ to select candidates for the All India Civil Service Main Examination and Interview without announcing vacancies for the number of posts, especially for the differently-abled. The court also sought to know how it is decided who is eligible for the main examination and interview. Chief Justice DN A bench of Patel and Justice Jyoti Singh told the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), which had taken the civil service examination, “When your vacancies are changing, how many people will you call for the main examination and interview?” If you have the right to call the candidates for the main examination and interview without any number of vacancies, then it will be called arbitrary.

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The bench also sought to know how the difference in the eight vacancies in the mathematics imposed by the examination notification and the petitioning institution Sambhavna.

According to the probability, the number of vacancies should be 32 whereas in the examination notice only 24 vacancies have been mentioned for the disabled.

The court told the Center and UPSC, “You have to give clarification on both these aspects.” The court fixed January 29 for the next hearing of the case.

The court was hearing public interest petitions filed by two organizations Sambhavna and Evara Foundation. Both have challenged the notification of Civil Services Examination in their applications, saying that it only mentions the estimated vacancies for the disabled, not the compulsory four percent reservation.

During the hearing, he requested the bench to order postponement of the main examination to be held from January 8 to 17 or to order the center to arrange separate examination for the differently abled after hearing both the petitions.

The court, however, refused to give any interim order in this regard and said that if the petitioners pass the examination then relief can be granted on the basis of that.

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