Reservation in prelims not legally valid: Patna High Court
As per an order passed by the Patna High Court which was adjudicating a petition that challenged the preliminary tests results declared by the Bihar Public Service Commission (BPSC) for the 53rd to 55th Combined Competitive Examinations (CCE) to recruit gazetted officers across the state, no reservation was applicable to preliminary tests as they were just screening examinations.
The petition had challenged the result on the basis that the BPSC had implemented the reservation policy in declaring the preliminary result whereas quota was applicable only in the mains examination and not in the elimination round.
The petitioner referred to the Bihar Reservation for Post and Vacancy Act, which specified that reservation could be granted only when the examination led to the final selection of the candidate.
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