If you are a woman who wants to be a cop , here is a piece of information. The Puducherry police have decided to relax timing of endurance test at women police selection.

It might encourage women candidates who had failed to qualify in physical endurance test conducted at the recently-held police selection. Out of 1,750 women, only 18 had cleared the qualification round in the physical endurance test.

Deputy Inspector-General of Police I.D. Shukla told The Hindu that it had been decided to provide 3-second relaxation in 100 m running and 4-second relaxation in 200 m running in selection of woman candidates. As per the new system, women candidates have to run 100 m within 19.5 seconds against the earlier 16.5 seconds. They should clear 200 m within 40 seconds against the earlier 36 seconds. However, there are no changes in qualifying length in long jump and high jump, which were fixed at 3.25 m and 1.05 m.

Mr. Shukla added that the decision was arrived at based on a close survey of woman candidates who took part in the recent selection. It was found that they fared poorly in 100 and 200 m running. Though the qualification measures were similar to selection procedures followed by several other States, the department couldn’t get enough candidates because of limitations over small territory of Puducherry.

A proposal for relaxing the qualification level had been sent to the government, Mr. Shukla said.