Indore :  Tata Consultancy Services and Prometric that had contested for contract of common admission test (CAT)-2014 a few months back are in the fray again. This time, they are contesting for contract of exams conducted by Madhya Pradesh Public Service Commission (MPPSC).

The two exam conducting agencies were among the seven companies that gave presentations on technologies available with them for conduct of entrance test before a technical committee of the MPPSC, on Tuesday.

Three companies gave presentation on Tuesday and four on Wednesday.

With the State Government announcing to convert all exams conducted by the MPPSC from paper-pencil format to computer-based format, the Commission had invited top software companies to its office for presentation on technology used by them to hold entrance exams. The MPPSC technical committee witnessed their presentation and now it would soon submit its report after which tender for software partner would be floated. MPPSC secretary Manohar Dubey says that the entrance test organising body will remain the MPPSC and the hired software company would only be the test conducting body. The MPPSC maintained that the PSC exam held on July 27 was the last exam in paper-pencil mode.

“From now onwards, all the exams conducted by the MPPSC would be computer-based,” Dubey says.

As paper leaks marred the MPPSC exams, the State Government in May had announced to revamp the Commission’s entire exam process to ensure transparency.  The move also comes in the wake of a lot of criticism of the State Government in the light of  MPPEB exam scams. The deadline for implementing the new exam system was January 1, 2015. But the MPPSC has decided to advance the deadline. “When we eventually have to shift on to online mode for exam, why to wait till January? We will move to online mode from August onwards,” Dubey said. A question bank of one lakh objective questions would be prepared and made public before the exams. No question would be asked beyond the bank. For every candidate, there would be a unique paper, hence no two candidates’ question papers would match. The attendance of the candidates would be recorded through biometric system.

CCTV cameras would be fitted at the exam centres. There would be webcasting of the exams too. Cell phone jammer would be installed at question paper moderation centres. For every question, there would be a separate moderator. The provision of optional papers for exams would be done away with.

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