KERALA

PSC tests in for a revamp

New system to be tried out in three months

N.J. Nair

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Kerala Public Service Commission is planning to change the mode of conduct of tests to make it more efficient and hassle-free.

Commission sources said that once the process of networking of the 14 district offices was completed within three months, the new examination system would be tried out.

At present, question paper for each test is ferried to the respective centres the same day in order to plug loopholes in the conduct of the tests.

Sea-change

Under the new system, questions will be fed into a master computer at the headquarters here minutes before the test starts. Computers will be provided at each centre and the Commission officials will take printouts and distribute them among the candidates.

This system is expected to save expenses and also help clear the hurdles in the way of the smooth conduct of tests.

The computerisation drive, that is nearing completion, is expected to give a new impetus to the reform drive. So far, 18 instances of question paper leak have been reported and the new system is expected to pre-empt such lapses. The commission is holding further discussions about the feasibility of the system with Computer Maintenance Corporation (CMC), which has been appointed the total solution provider for the computerisation drive, sources said.

Action plan

The commission is also working on an action plan for each year with a view to overcoming the delay in holding tests and publishing the rank list.

A policy decision has been taken to fill vacancies in all teaching posts starting from primary schools to medical and engineering colleges annually.

The posts of engineers, doctors and lower division clerks in various departments that fall vacant and the vacancies in the police too will be filled every year, sources said.

With the proliferation of self-financing professional colleges, there is considerable increase in the number of students passing out from professional colleges every year.

The annual recruitment system will help them secure more jobs.

Similarly, annual recruitment to the police has been planned without delay to instil young blood into the force and improve the efficiency of the civil service, sources said.

It has also been decided to conduct interviews for more Government jobs including secretariat assistants and vacancies that arise in the Local Fund Audit and also in the Commission.

According to this system, those candidates who score maximum marks in the initial objective test will be short listed and called for the descriptive written examination.

The toppers in this test will in turn be called for the final interview.

Changes in the interview system on the lines of the Union Public Service Commission have also been envisaged to make a better assessment of the candidates, sources said.

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