Indore: 85% candidates take MPPSC exam amid tight security

Staff ReporterUpdated: Thursday, May 30, 2019, 12:05 AM IST
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Most find papers tough; cut-off may still remain high as there are more candidates than vacancies

Indore: Nearly 85 per cent candidates appeared in state civil service commission preliminary exam (MPPSC-2018) conducted amid tight security at all the districts, including Indore, in state on Sunday.

Candidates were allowed to enter the examination halls only after being frisked thoroughly, to which many objected but to no avail.

Most of the candidates found both general knowledge and general aptitude papers difficult. However, subject experts believe that the cut-off would be still high.

For 202 vacancies in different government departments, Madhya Pradesh Public Service Commission (MPPSC) conducted the preliminary exam. As many as 669 centres, including 47 in the city, had been setup in the state for the purpose.

The exam was held amid tight security at every centre, with MPPSC observers, district administrative officers and police personnel in large numbers present to ensure that exam was conducted hassle free.

MPPSC deputy commissioner Dinesh Jain said that the exam was held fairly and peacefully across the state. No information about any incident or malpractice was reported.

As many as 2.83 lakh candidates had registered for the exam of which nearly 85 per cent appeared. However, “That’s the rough figure. Exact figure will be known in a day or two,” Jain said.

Candidates object to tight frisking

Candidates were not allowed to enter examination halls wearing shocks, shoes, belts, wrist watches and even jewellery. Security personnel allowed the candidates to enter examination halls only after they were relieved of the above mentioned items. At some places, minor chaos took place over female candidates being denied entry to the hall with jewellery, especially mangalsutra, but to no avail. Jain however clarified that the MPPSC had issued advisory well ahead of the exam that shocks, shoes, scarf, gadgets, jewellery and other such items will not be allowed inside the exam centre.

Two incorrect questions asked in exam: Candidates

Some candidates claimed that the exam carried two error-prone questions – one was pertaining to number of women MLAs elected in 2013 state Assembly and another one related to nearest place to MP on 80 degree longitude in east. According to the candidates, options given as answer for the first questions were all wrong. In the second question, two options were right, the candidates claimed. They lodged complaints about the error-prone questions being asked in the exam to their respective centre superintendents.

‘Cut-off could be near 65%’

Experts believe that the cut-off of the preliminary exam could be about 65 per cent as the number of vacancies was less and number of candidates taking exams was very high. Nearly 2.5 lakh candidates took exam against 202 vacancies. The cut-off may go down drastically if the number of vacancies increases by five times as are indications from government.

After the PSC-2018 was announced, many government departments had send request for filling more vacancies in departments. If the MPPSC accepted the demand, the number of vacancies could shot to nearly 1000 due to which the cut-off will shoot down.

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