Submitted by ammembala on Sun, 2016-02-28 11:43 Bengaluru: The Karnataka Examination Authority (KEA) is geared up to hold an examination to select 2,226 assistant professors for appointment in first grade colleges of the state through competitive examination. But 40 candidates have lost the chance to write examination being past the age limit. Sadly enough, some of them crossed the age limit, with just a few days to go for the exam. According to the notification issued by the Higher Education department, as on February 28, 2015, 40 years was fixed as maximum age limit for General category students, while for OBCs it was 43 years and 45 years for SC/ST/ and Category I candidates as on February 28, 2015. As per this rule, 40 candidates who crossed the maximum age limit have been denied hall tickets. The irony is that five of the hopefuls lost an opportunity to write the examination by just few days. They were older by just 11, 12, 13, 18, and 27 days than the prescribed age limit as per the rule. Radhamani, a candidate who had applied under GM category lost the chance to write the examination by just 13 days. Hajira Bi, MD Manzoor Ahmed and Sanjeev Kumar who had applied under OBC category were lost the chance to appear the exam because they are 18, 12 and 11days older than the prescribed age limit of 42 years. S Y Narayanaswami who applied under SC category missed a chance to appear for the exam because he is 27 days older than the maximum age limit of 45 years. According to the state collegiate education department, the age limit rule is applicable in all the government appointments. “But it is very sad to see some one lose the chance to appear for the examination by a whisker,” an officer said.