The aggrieved candidates said that they received an SMS from the Goa public service commission (GPSC) on August 8 informing them of the date to answer the written exam in Panaji. The SMS stated, “Screening test of mamlatar/jt mamatdar/assist director of civil supplies; venue Don Bosco high school, Panaji, on August 25 at 9.30am. Letters dispatched.”
The candidates who didn’t receive the intimation by post went for the written test based on the intimation received on their cellphones. But they were in for a rude shock as they were not allowed entry into the exam hall. “We had carried the acknowledgement of the applications submitted to the GPSC. The GPSC officials also had the list of candidates to whom the cellphones message had been sent. We had ID cards, and they still refused to entertain us,” a candidate said.
A GPSC authority at the exam venue had assured a group of students that the list would be made available to them at the office on any working day, but even after paying frequent visits during the last few days, the list was not submitted to them.
Some of the aggrieved candidates who are demanding a re-examination are planning to move other forums, including approaching the court, to get the irregularity corrected.
GPSC secretary T S Sawant said, “It’s common sense that they should have come to our office to collect the hall ticket. We had given them sufficient time. I know for certain that at least around 15 candidates collected hall tickets in person after they didn’t receive the hall ticket by post. Such an exam cannot be answered without hall tickets. It’s not our mistake. What can we say if they didn’t have that common sense to approach our office for the hall ticket?”
The aggrieved candidates emphasized that the text message sent to them on August 8 didn’t say that they should collect their hall ticket from the office if the intimation by post was not received.