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Deviation from eligibility conditions in advt notice impermissible: DB

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Feb 20: Division Bench of State High Court comprising Chief Justice N Paul Vasanthakumar and Justice DS Thakur has held that deviation from the eligibility conditions prescribed in the advertisement notice is impermissible and recruitment must be conducted according to prescribed educational qualifications.
These observations were made by the DB in a LPA filed by Service Selection Board against the order of writ court whereby notice dated 06.09.2012 and corrigendum dated 20.09.2012 were quashed and Services Selection Board was directed to go ahead with the selection process of candidates for the post of Accounts Assistant in pursuance of Advertisement Notice No.07 of 2010 dated 12.11.2010 and complete the same within one month.
The brief facts of the case are that the Services Selection Board by advertisement notice No.07 of 2010 dated 12.11.2010 invited applications for various posts including 872 posts of Accounts Assistant for various districts. The minimum qualification required was graduation.
The criteria fixed for selection was 70 points for graduation (pro-rata basis), 10 points for post graduation (pro-rate basis) and 20 points for viva voce. The writ petitioners having the requisite qualification for the post of Accounts Assistant applied pursuant to the advertisement notice under open merit category.
After short-listing, the writ petitioners were interviewed. Thereafter provisional select lists for the post of Accounts Assistant for the District Cadre Jammu and Samba were notified on 26.09.2011 and 30.09.2011 respectively in which writ petitioners were shown as provisionally selected for the post of Accounts Assistant.
But before the provisional select list could be acted upon, the Services Selection Board issued Notice No.SSB/Set/Say/ 12/2337-43 dated 06.09.2012 revising the criteria for the post of Accounts Assistant.
Finding no reason to interfere with the order of the writ court, the DB directed the SSB to implement judgment of writ court within a period of one month.

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