Cuttack: Odisha High Court declines to put stay on 2011 OAS exam. Prelim test to be held on Jan 19 as scheduled earlier. It should be noted that earlier the Odisha high court on Friday granted a huge relief to Odisha Civil Services (OCS) aspirants, who could not apply for the services in 2011 because of amendment to age bar. A division bench of Justices M M Das and A K Rath ordered the Odisha Public Service Commission (OPSC) to publish a corrigendum in newspapers, allowing the overage candidates, who were eligible for the examination on age ground prior to the amendment, to apply for Odisha Civil Service Examination, 2011.
The state government on July 15, 2011, had amended the Orissa Civil Services (combined competitive recruitment examination) Rules, 1991, which said candidates over age of 32 during publication of OCS advertisement would not be eligible to apply. After 2006, the OPSC had issued an advertisement on November 17, 2011, inviting applications by December 31, 2011, for recruitment in 364 posts of OCS. And the upper age limit for applying for the post was fixed at 32. Aggrieved by the amendment, at least 63 aspiring candidates had moved to the high court, seeking relief and pressed for age relaxation of at least five years.