MPSC Exam: Rohit Pawar Demands To Cancel Open Category Conditions  

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Mrunal Jadhav
Pune, January 6, 2021: For the last few days, there has been a lot of confusion in the state over the maximum condition to attempt the exam and the age limit for Maharashtra Public Service Commission (MPSC) exams. NCP MLA Rohit Pawar has demanded that the condition of maximum limit for the open category for MPSC examination should be abolished.

Pawar has appealed to withdraw the circulars issued by the MPSC on the issue as the candidates claiming Socially and Educational Backward Communities (SEBC) should choose either open or EWS category. He has written a letter to Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar in this regard. Rohit Pawar said that the deputy CM has promised to look into the matter.

The Maharashtra Public Service Commission had decided a few days ago to implement a pattern similar to UPSC in the competitive examination. The MPSC has introduced new rules on how often students can appear for the exams. Accordingly, candidates in the open category will have six opportunities.

Other Backward Class (OBC) category candidates will get nine attempts. There is no limit for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes candidates. But there is no need to impose maximum attempt conditions as there is already an age condition for the open category candidates in MPSC. Rohit Pawar says that by imposing this condition it is injustice with students of open category. Therefore, he has written a letter to Ajit Pawar.

The second issue is due to the Maratha reservation. The MPSC issued a circular on January 4 giving students an option, in which students claiming SEBC should choose only one of the categories, Open or EWS. The deadline is January 5 to 15. Rohit Pawar has written a letter to Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar expressing fears that this circular has created confusion among the open category as well as Maratha students and will deprive them of their future opportunities.