(News) Some Visually Challenged UPSC Candidates can Get Job in Civil Services

Some Visually Challenged UPSC Candidates can Get Job in Civil Services

Five years ago, Shivam Kumar had cleared the Union Public Services Commission (UPSC) examination, but he was not appointed to the civil services. Now, he stands a chance to join the coveted service as the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) has directed the UPSC to give appointment letters to four visually-impaired candidates by October this year since they had secured more marks than some general category candidates who cleared the same examinations.

"Despite scoring more than at least six general category candidates who were selected for various posts in the civil services, I was discriminated against. I along with three other candidates — Pankaj Kumar Srivastava, Abhishek Kumar and Rahul Mittal — moved the CAT which has ruled in our favour," said Kumar, now 34 years old.

A resident of Motihari in Bihar, Kumar lost his vision when he was 17. "For four years, I sat at home and indulged in pooja paath (prayers). I was told there was no cure to this disease and I submitted myself to God. But in 2001, I decided to move to Delhi and learnt Braille. I completed my graduation and managed to clear the UPSC exams in three attempts," added Kumar, who works as a lower division clerk at a Delhi court.

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Courtesy: The Indian Express


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