PSCs’ chairpersons bats for online exams for future recruitments

North Gazette News/Shimla
The Chairpersons of State Public Service Commissions (PSCs) on Sunday agreed on introducing Computer Based Recruitment Tests (CBRT) or Online Tests to recruit various state service candidates in phased manner as there was no escape from this IT related reforms to come upto the expectations of the new generations in all States in the country

The consensus was evolved on the issue during the 17th National Conference of Chairpersons of PSCs and also dwelt upon several issues as constitutional protection to the Chairpersons and Members, uniformity in pay scales and perks, orientation Computer courses for officials and staff of PSCs etc.

Giving details on the decisions taken in the Conference, HP State Public Service Commission chairman K S Tomar said that 3-day Conference concluded today in which important decisions were after holding indepth discussions on various issues.

Tomar said that issue of online examination dominated the deliberations and every Chairperson of PSC and Chairman of UPSC Deepak Gupta agreed to introduce new system after creating suitable infrastructures which will protect the secrecy and sanctity of various written competition examinations. “UPSC has introduced CBRT/Online test as a Pilot Project in 2011 and conducted 22 online tests in nine cities,” he said.

He expressed his firm conviction and opinion at the Conference that there was no escape from coming the aspirations and expectations of new generation and Opt for online examination in future.

UPSC Chairman informed the Chairpersons “with the technological advancements, in the field of Hardware, Networking, internet speed etc., the possibility of conducting CBRT in normal examinations would also be explored”.

Regarding the various interim orders being passed by high courts and Administrative tribunals in favour of the candidates who fail to qualify for interviews, Maharashtra PSC circulated a paper to Chairpersons.

UPSC suggested to PSCs Chairpersons that 5th volume of compilation of important Court Judgments being prepared by Karnataka PSC may be uploaded on websites of UPSC and PSCs with a facility to search subject and court wise topics which enable users to easily access data to such verdicts and precedents in their Courts.

The Conference emphasized the dire need of imparting computer training and orientation to officers and employees of PSCs and Madhya Pradesh PSC will organize brain storming workshop to seek views of Chairpersons about the content and design of such courses.

“Views were also solicited about services problems faced by many PSCs vis-à-vis equivalence of marks awarded by various lesser known universities and institutes which give unreasonable high perentages/ grades to candidates,” he added.

The Chairpersons felt that problem could be tackled with the help of state and Centre government so that reputed universities system of awarding grades or percentage do not become casualty.

The 17th National Conference of State PSCs decided to give an opportunity to newly created State of Talengana to organize next Conference in Hyderabad in January or February, 2016.