Hyderabad: The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), on 6 August, issued a clarification following allegations of discrepancy in the number of vacancies after the agency released the results of the 2019 civil examinations on Tuesday, 4 August.
In the full list of candidates released by the UPSC on Tuesday, 829 candidates who had passed the examination were recommended for the posts of IAS, IPS, IFS, and others. However, in a separate section, the list of actual vacancies was mentioned as 927.
Twitter soon blew up with tweets from professors, journalists, Opposition party members, and a few UPSC aspirants who claimed that the commission was hiding the details of 98 seats in order to give them to candidates of the general category. The trend was grouped with #UPSC_scam
यह राजनीतिक मुद्दा नहीं है। हर विचारधारा के लोग समर्थन करें। युवाओं के भविष्य का सवाल है।
मासूम सी माँग है। जितने कैंडिडेट लेने हैं, सबके नाम की लिस्ट पब्लिक करो। छिपकर नियुक्तियाँ मत करो।
— Dilip Mandal (@Profdilipmandal) August 5, 2020
Professor Dilip Mandal, a prominent voice for those hailing from marginalised backgrounds, tweeted, “This is not a political issue. People of every ideology should support it. It is a question of the future of the youth. This is an innocent demand. Publish the list of the number of candidates and their names. Do not make appointments in secret.”
It was followed by tweets from several Opposition party politicians.
It's high time BJP Govt should clear all the doubts and queries related to yesterday's UPSC's result.
It seems that Govt is weakening bureaucracy by hiring pliant officers who haven't come from rigors of the tests. #UPSC_Scam pic.twitter.com/FkesBdRsR3
— Hitendra Pithadiya 🇮🇳 (@HitenPithadiya) August 5, 2020
मोदी सरकार SC, ST, OBC समेत पिछड़ों की हकमारी में अव्वल रही है. यदि सिविल सेवा परीक्षा 2019 में 927 पदों पर नियुक्ति का विज्ञापन निकला तो 829 सीटों का ही रिजल्ट क्यों? शेष 98 पदों का परिणाम कहां है?#UPSC_SCAM.
— Neeraj Kundan (@Neerajkundan) August 6, 2020
The UPSC, then, issued a statement saying the candidates who were not on the list were in a “reserve list” that is kept confidential. The clarification from the UPSC read: “For recruitment to the services/post under Civil Services Examination, the Commission strictly goes by the Rules of Examination as notified by the Government of India. It is hereby clarified that as against 927 vacancies for Civil Services Examination, 2019, the Commission, in the first instance, has released the result of 829 candidates and has also maintained a Reserve List in accordance with Rule-16 (4) & (5) of Civil Services Examination Rules, 2019.”