Chandigarh: The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Tuesday stayed the typing test of Punjabi language to be held on Thursday for recruitment of more than 800 clerks in different departments in Punjab.

The order was issued by Justice Rajan Gupta during the hearing of two petitions filed by Sangrur residents Ravnish Kumar and Akashdeep Singh.

The petitioners had appealed that as per the advertisement for the clerical exam, conducted by the Punjab Subordinate Services Selections Board (SSSB), it was mentioned that the recruitment will be done on the basis of written exam, while no marks will be added for eligibility or interview.

As per the advertisement, the written exam was conducted on October 1, whose result was declared on October 8. The applicants secured very good results in the exam but a public notice issued on October 13 asked them to clear a typing test in Punjabi language to be held on October 19.

The petitioners had argued that when no such condition was specified in the advertisement, the typing test was illegal. Till now, the appointed candidates have always been asked to clear the typing test within a year of their appointment