Himachal mulling to install mobile phone jammers at SSC exam centres

Shimla/October 10’
Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission on Thursday announced to install mobile phone jammers to curb copying practices during SSC exam and will soon send a proposal in this regard to state government to provide funds for the same.
HPPSC Chairman KS Tomar said that a decision in this regard was taken in Commission’s meeting that was held recently and the State Commission had decided to take preventive steps to eliminate any chance of copying during various examinations like HAS, HJS, SLET etc.
“HPPSC has conducted the written examination of SSC which pertained to recruitment of Combined Graduate Level, Junior Engineer (Civil & Electrical) SI in CAPFs, ASIs in CISF etc,” Tomar said, adding that there was a need to use technology to check any chance of copying hence there was a dire need of installing Jammers.
Tomar said that emphasis will be on frisking of candidates during the examinations with the assistance of local Police at various examination centers in the states and invigilators will also be sensitized to keep close watch of suspicious elements.
Further, HPPSC has also decided to revise the examination and Screening test fee to be charged from the candidate.
“Now, General category candidates will be charged Rs 400, however, SC/ST/OBC of HP will be charged Rs 100. Further no fees will be charged from Ex-Servicemen of H.P. and Blind/Visually Impaired candidates of HP as per past practice,” Tomar added.
He said that as far as State Level Eligibility Test (SLET) Examination is concerned the revised fee structure of future examinations of SLET by the Commission will be Rs 750 for general category candidates, Rs 188 for SC/ST/OBC of HP and no fees will be charged for Ex-Serviceman of H.P. and Blind/Visually Impaired candidates of HP.
The fee structure relating to SLET Examination will be applicable after the approval of the Steering Committee of SLET Examination as per the guidelines of UGC.
Further, the Commission has introduced Bar code instead of alphanumeric fictitious Roll Numbers on answer sheets for ensuring better secrecy and transparency.

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