Indore : Three software companies gave presentations on technologies available with them to conduct entrance test before a technical committee of the Madhya Pradesh Public Service Commission (MPPSC), on Tuesday. Four more companies would give their presentations 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 to give presentation on technology used by them to hold entrance exams.

“Three companies gave presentations on Tuesday and four more are scheduled to give presentations on Wednesday,” MPPSC secretary Manohar Dubey said.

The technical committee would submit its report and then tender for software pattern would be floated.

Dubey cleared that the entrance test organising body would remain the MPPSC and that the hired company would only be test conducting body. “It will be like CAT exams,” the official explained.

The MPPSC maintained that the state service commission exam held on July 27 was the last exam in paper-pencil format.

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

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 Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (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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