About 65 per cent of the 2,64,916 candidates from Thiruvananthapuram and Kasaragod districts, who had applied for lower division clerk’s posts in various departments, sat for the written test conducted by the Public Service Commission on Saturday.

Considering the large number of applicants in Thiruvananthapuram, the commission had to set up centres in Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha and Kottayam districts also. Centres were set up in Kannur too for accommodating the candidates from Kasaragod.

The test has been staggered and the last in the series will be held on January 1, 2014. The total number of applicants has been pegged at 15 lakh.

Sources in the commission told The Hindu here that compared to the neighbouring districts, the candidate turnout was very high in the capital which had one lakh applicants and 385 centres. But many of them could not appear for the test even after reaching the centres on time since their photos in the hall tickets did not have the commission’s emblem and the date on which the photographs were taken.

The commission had insisted that candidates should furnish the photographs taken within the past six months and the date should be mentioned on it.

This hitch could have been avoided by making suitable changes in the software and it was cited as the laxity of the commission.

Candidates were directed to reach the centres at 1.30 p.m. Some of them who were held up in traffic snarls in the city and suburbs lost the chance.

The commission had provided centres for women and the differently abled applicants in their own taluks, still some of them had to move to the centres in other districts too.

The Kerala State Road Transport Corporation had operated additional services to manage the rush of the candidates.