MeritTrac Blacklisted Following Exam Cancellations


SRINAGAR: The Jammu and Kashmir Services Selection Board, on Friday, made a significant decision, with Chairman Rajesh Sharma stating, “The Board observed that MeritTrac Private Limited has failed in maintaining 100 percent secrecy and security of the question papers/examinations for the post of Accounts Assistant (Finance Department), Junior Engineer, Civil (Jal Shakti Department) and Sub Inspector (Home Department) conducted during the month of March, 2022 which were Optical Mark Recognition (OMR) based. This led to the cancellation of these examinations.”

The board’s action followed a thorough examination of the situation and the response from M/s MeritTrac Services Pvt Ltd, where it was concluded that the agency did not meet the required standards for securing the examination process.

Consequently, the Board decided to take punitive action against the agency for breaching the conditions of the Work Order. The process involved giving the agency an opportunity to present their case.

Taking into consideration the input from the General Administration Department and the opinion of the Department of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, the Board concluded, “M/s MeritTrac Pvt. Ltd. has failed to hold the examinations for the posts of Accounts Assistant (Finance), Junior Engineer, Civil (JSD) and Sub Inspector (Home) held in March, 2022 in a fair and transparent manner and its response to the Show Cause Notice dated 17-05-2023 is not convincing/in line with the terms and conditions in the relevant work order.”

As a result, the Board decided to impose a ban on M/s MeritTrac Pvt Ltd, preventing them from conducting any examinations in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir for a duration of two years. Additionally, the order specified that this blacklisting period could be extended by another year if the agency is convicted in the ongoing CBI investigation.


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