1. SRO-387OF 2008 DATED: 01.12.2008
  2. SRO-190 OF 2016 DATED: 17.06.2016
  3. Scheme and Subjects for the Preliminary and Main Examination
  4. Download Syllabus for Preliminary Examination
  5. Download Syllabus for Main Examination

SRO-387OF 2008 DATED: 01.12.2008

SRO- 387. In exercise of the powers conferred by the proviso to section 124 of the Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir, the Governor hereby makes the following rules for the conduct of combined competitive examinations by the Public Service Commission, namely:-

  1. Short title and application.- (1) These rules may be called the Jammu and Kashmir Combined Competitive Examination Rules, 2008.
    (2) These rules shall apply to the conduct of combined competitive examination by Public Service Commission for direct recruitment to the following services:-
    (i) Junior Scale of J&K Administrative Service.
    (ii) J&K Police (Gazetted) Service.
    (iii) J&K Accounts (Gazetted) Service.
  2. Definitions.– In these rules unless the context otherwise requires:
    (a) “available vacancies” mean the vacancies available in the direct recruitment quota of the services mentioned in rule 1 to be filled on the basis of combined competitive examination;
    (b) “Commission” means the Jammu and Kashmir Public Service Commission;
    (c) “Examination” means the combined competitive examination for recruitment to the direct recruitment posts of the services specified in rule 1;
    (d) “Fee” means the fee which may be charged by the Commission from a candidate for the Preliminary/ Main Examination;
    (e) “Government” means Government of Jammu and Kashmir;
    (f) “list” means the list of candidates prepared on the basis of merit in the examination for the various services and posts.
    Explanation:- Candidates shall be allotted to various services and posts keeping in view their merit in the examination and the preferences expressed by them for various services and posts;
    (g) “Preference” means preference, for being selected for a service or posts for which examination is being held under these rules, in the order in which theseare mentioned by the candidate in the application form prescribed by the Commission;
    (h) “rules” means the Jammu and Kashmir Combined Competitive Examination Rules, 2008;
    (i) “State” means the Jammu and Kashmir State.
  3. Duration of examinations.- The examination shall be held at such intervals as the Government may in consultation with the Commission from time to time determine, but at least once in a calendar year unless there are good and sufficient reasons for not doing so.
  4. Conduct of Examination.- The examination shall be conducted by the Commission in accordance with the provisions of Jammu and Kashmir Public Service Commission (Conduct of Examination) Rules, 2005.
  5. Conditions of eligibility:- In order to be eligible to compete in the examination, a candidate must satisfy the following conditions, namely;-
    (i) that he is a permanent resident of the State;
    *(ii) that he has attained the age of 21 years but has not crossed the age of 30 years on 1st January of the year in which notification inviting applications is issued by the Commission:
    Provided that the upper age limit shall be 32 years, in case of the following:-
    a) Candidates belonging to Scheduled Castes/ Scheduled Tribes/ Socially and Educationally Backward Classes;
    b)Candidates holding a civil post in the State in a substantive
    Provided that the upper age limit for physically challenged
    candidates shall be 33 years irrespective of the category to which such a candidate belongs.
    Provided further that a candidate who has completed two years service in substantive capacity to be certified by his Head of the Department, shall alone, be eligible to claim the benefit of upper age limit under clause (b) above.
    Provided also that for good and sufficient reasons, to be recorded in writing, the Government may prescribe for any particular examination any other upper age limit for open category and reserved category candidates”.
    (iii) that he holds, notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in the recruitment rules of various services and posts mentioned in rule (1), a Bachelor’s degree of a recognized University in India or of a foreign University declared by Government in consultation with the Commission to be equivalent to the degree of a recognized Indian University:
    *Provided that the candidates who have appeared fully in any
    examination on or before the last date for receipt of application forms for Preliminary Examination for such degree from any such University the passing of which would render them eligible to appear in the examination but the result of their examiation has not been declared, shall be allowed to appear in the preliminary examination. All such candidates who are declared qualified by the Commission for taking the Combined Competitive (Main) Examination shall have to produce proof of passing such examination with their applications for the Main Examination failing which such candidates shall not be admitted to the Main Examination;
    *Provided further that in respect of candidates for J&K Police (Gazetted) Service, the candidate should possess the following standards also, namely:-

I. ForMales:
(a) Height: 165 cm
(b) Chest girth Min. 84 cm. Expansion 5 cm
II. ForFemales:
(a) Height: 150 cm
(b) Chest girth Min. 79 cm. Expansion 5 cm
III. Forcandidates fromLeh/Kargil
a. ForMales:
(i) Height: 160 cm
(ii) Chest girth: Min. 79 cm. Expansion 5 cm
b. ForFemales:
(i) Height: 145 cm
(ii) Chest girth: Min. 79 cm. Expansion 5 cm”

Provided also the candidate(s) already holding a civil post in the state shall submit their application through Head of Office with an advance copy of the applicationdirectly to Commission and in case the Commission receives an intimation withholding permission from the employer in respect of a candidate who has applied for, or is appearing in the Combined Competitive Examination, his/her application shall be rejected and candidature cancelled. Such a candidate may, however, be allowed to appear in the examination as fresh candidate subject to the condition that the said candidate is otherwise eligible under rules.
*Explanation:- The expression “Civil post in the State” mentioned above means a post in any departmental service under the State and includes the posts in the High Court of J&K and the J&K State Legislature”.

*6. Documents to be furnished by the candidates for the Combined Competitive (Preliminary) Examination:.- A candidate shall not be required to submit any certificate relating to his/her age, educational qualification, certificate of belonging to reserved category and holding of a civil post in the State, at the time of filling his/her application (OMR) form for the Combined Competitive (Preliminary) Examination. The admission to the preliminary examination shall be purely provisional and if on verification at any stage, it is found that the candidate has claimed eligibility for such examination by misrepresentation, concealment of any material fact(s) or impersonation or fraud, his or her candidature shall be cancelled and he/she will be liable to prosecution/ disciplinary action by the Commission”.
*7. Documents to be furnished by the candidates for the Combined Competitive (Main) Examination:- Besides furnishing the documents that may be required by the Commission, the applications for the Combined Competitive (Main) Examinationshall be accompanied by the attested copies of the following certificates:-
(a) Academic qualification;
(b) Age;
(c) Character;
(d) Permanent residence of the State;
(e) Category Certificate, in case of candidates belonging to
any reserved category.
(i) No certificate except the Matriculation certificate or equivalent thereof shall be admitted in proof of age.
(ii) Character certificate shall mean a certificate issued by the Head of the Education Institute or by the University last attended by the candidate or by any gazetted officer of the State. In case of a candidate already in Government Service, the character certificate shall mean a certificate issued by his Controlling Officer:
Provided that the application forms submitted either for the Combined Competitive (Preliminary) or Main Examination, incomplete in any manner shall be rejected without any notice to the candidate(s). However, the Commission shall notify the list of such candidates whose candidature is rejected on account of incomplete forms”.
8. Examination- (1) The examination shall consist of two successive stages:-
(a) *Combined Competitive (Preliminary) Examination (Objective Type) for the selection of candidates for the main examination; and
(b) *Combined Competitive (Main) Examination (written and interview) for the selection of candidates for the various services and posts.
*(2) The preliminary examination will consist of two papers of objective type (multiple choice questions) and carry 450 marks in the subjects set out in Appendix-I. This examination is meant to serve as a screening test only. The marks obtained in the preliminary examination shall count only for short-listing of the candidates for the Main Examination.

Subject to the minimum qualifying marks as may be fixed by the Commission at its discretion, the number of candidates to be admitted to the Main Examination shall be, as far as practicable, 1/3rd of the total number of candidates who appeared in the preliminary examination or twenty five times the total number of vacancies to be filled in the various services and posts, whichever be lower”.
(3) The Main Examination shall consist of a written test and an interview. The written test shall consist of question papers of descriptive type, out of which one paper shall be of qualifying nature only, from the subjects set out in Appendix-I as per the detailed syllabus in Appendix-II:
*Provided that the Commission may revise or update the syllabi for the Combined Competitive (Preliminary/Main) examination from time to time.
(4) Candidates who obtain such minimum qualifying marks in written part of the Main Examination as may be fixed by the Commission in any or all the papers at their discretion shall be summoned by them for interview.

Note:- The interview test is intended to judge the mental caliber of a candidate. In broad terms, this is really an assessment of not only his intellectual qualities but also social traits and his interest in current affairs. Some of the qualities to be judged are mental alertness, critical powers of assimilation, clear and logical expositions, balance of judgement, variety and depth of interest, ability for social cohesion and leadership, intellectual and moral integrity.
(5) A candidate who fails to secure such minimum number of marks as are fixed by the Commission in their discretion in more than one subject shall not be eligible to be called for interview.
(6) A Candidate must write the papers in his own hand. In no circumstances, will anybody be allowed the help of a scribe to write the answer for him.
(7) If a candidate’s handwriting is not easily legible a deduction will be made on this account from the total marks otherwise accruing to him.
(8) Marks will not be allotted for mere superficial knowledge.
(9) Credit will be given for orderly, effective and exact expression combined with due economy of words in all subjects of the examination.
(10) A candidate shall specify in his application form the optional paper/papers in which he wants to appear. The option once made shall be final. Failure to specify any or all the optional papers shall render the form liable to be rejected.
*(11) A candidate shall have to write the compulsory papers and optional papers (except language paper in English).

*9. (1).The number of candidates to be summoned for interview will not be more than thrice the number of vacancies to be filled. The interview will carry a maximum of 250 marks (with no minimum qualifying marks). Failure to appear in the interview shall render a candidate ineligible for being recommended for appointment notwithstanding the marks obtained by him in the written examination.
(2). The candidates shall be short-listed for interview on the basis of overall merit obtained by them in the Main Examination irrespective of the category(ies) to which he/she/they belong:

Police (Gazetted) Service and Appendix-IV for other candidates. The candidates will have to pay a fee as prescribed from time to time to the Medical Board”.

13. Success in the examination confers no right to appointment unless Government is satisfied after such enquiry as may be considered necessary that the candidate is suitable in all respects for appointment to the service.

14. Repeal and savings.- (1) All rules corresponding to these rules including Notification SRO 161 dated 17th of July, 1995 shall, in so far they are inconsistent with these rules, stand repealed.
(2) Notwithstanding such repeal, Appendix-I, II, III and IV appended to the repealed SRO 161 and the Syllabi notified vide the said repealed notification read with notification SRO 41 dated 22nd February, 2007 shall continue to be in force and shall form the part of these rules.

By order of the Government of Jammu and Kashmir

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