Indore: Amidst tight security arrangements, nearly 85 per cent candidates of the total registered for state civil service prelims-2017 took the exam on Sunday.

The exam was conducted by Madhya Pradesh Public Service Commission for filling 359 posts lying vacant at different government departments. About 2.35 lakh candidates had registered for the exam of which nearly 2.5 lakh took the exam.

The MPPSC had set up 524 centres across the state. Maximum number of the centres, to be precise 63, was set up in Indore.  Candidates had to go through tough security arrangements at the centres before the exam.

Invigilators and officials at the centres frisked candidates to restrict mobile phones and other communication devices. They were not allowed to enter the examination hall with wrist watch, belts, rakshashutra, etc.

Most of the candidates found paper-2 (general aptitude) a bit difficult in comparison to last year. Paper-1 (general studies) was easy. General studies paper contained maximum number of questions from current affair and sports. Each question carried 2 marks. As there was no negative marking, most of the candidates attempted all the questions of this section.

MPPSC exam controller RR Kanhere said that no complaints of malpractice were reported from any of the centre in the state. The exam was conducted smoothly and fairly, he added.

One question  was wrong!

Candidate claimed at one of the questions asked in exam was wrong. According to them, paper contained a question asking about birth place of Chandra Shekhar Azad. Four options were given as choice. The options were Gwalior, Satna, Jhabua and Khargone. As per historic record, Azad was born in Babra, which was under Alirajpur district. However, Alirajpur was not given as option.

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