Bhopal: MPPSC 2018, Women selection increases

Bhopal: Analysis of the results declared by MPPSC (Madhya Pradesh Public Service Commission) recently shows that selection of women candidates have increased compared to previous results. Activists have raised questions if reservation rule has changed or has the commission now started following the rules. The results of MPPSC show (see box) that 140 women candidates got selected out of 286 selected candidates.

“After facing discrimination on the name of women reservation, this is for the first time that 48.95% women candidates were selected in 2018 MPPSC,” said Sanju Jain, who exposed the chinks in women reservation and fought against it. Despite scoring better than male counterparts, women candidates were not selected because of wrong implementation of reservation, alleged Jain. She had scored 1290 out of 2100 in 2003 PSC main exams but was not called for interview. Male candidate scoring 1240 was called for the interview.

On complaining, Sunita was told by the PSC that cut off list for male and female is prepared separately. She said that this was wrong and that she wrote to Women Commission who recommended in her favour but PSC did not pay heed to any orders. The matter was raised in state assembly as well. “Though PSC has not put details of the results on its website nor the officials are commenting on it but it seems that commission has corrected its mistake therefore selection of women has increased,” said Jain.

Earlier, women who made it to the merit list were also counted in the women’s quota by the MPPSC. Citing some examples Jain said that in 2009 Ayurved Medical Exam, male got selected on 141 score while women didn’t get selected despite scoring 155 marks. Similarly, in 2010 in mining inspector exam male candidates got selected on 127 score whereas female didn’t get selected despite scoring 148 marks.

“There are still doubts over the way results are declared by the MPPSC. Why are the cut off marks and merit list not displayed at website,” asks RTI activist DP Singh, who has also challenged the MPPSC over its decision in various courts. ‘We don’t make the rules. They are made by the GAD and we only follow them,’ said secretary, MPPSC, Renu Pant.

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