ITANAGAR, Nov 2: A new tussle between the mains qualified candidates of the Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Combined Competitive Examination (APPSCCE) has begun as they stand divided on whether the mains examination should be postponed or held as per schedule.
On Thursday, some mains qualified candidates had appealed to the Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC) to postpone the examination till the matter is clearly disposed of by the high court bench here.
However, another group of mains qualified candidates on Friday asked the APPSC to hold the mains examination as per schedule, saying that they are prepared and the matter has been stretched for far too long.
Contradicting the appeal of the second group of candidates, a mains qualified candidate said, “We are also prepared to appear for the examination, but what if something similar to the Manipur civil services takes place? What if all candidates who clear the examination and are recruited are called back from their jobs in the event that the aggrieved candidates win the case? They have to think of future repercussions.”
Reportedly, the candidates opposing the postponement of the examination consist mostly of those who had qualified in the prelims and mains examinations the previous time.
Meanwhile, APPSC Secretary Taru Talo informed this daily that the commission can take a decision on the appeal for postponement of the mains examination only after 8 November as the matter is sub judice in the high court here till then.
The APPSCCE (Mains) is scheduled to begin on 10 November, while the Itanagar permanent bench of the Gauhati High Court here has directed to maintain the status quo till the next hearing on 8 November.