Newly-appointed Chairman of the Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission (UPPSC),Anil Kumar Yadav,on Tuesday said that the commission will do away with compulsory online submission of application forms for the Uttar Pradesh Combined State/ Upper Subordinate Services Examinations (commonly known as PCS exams) of 2013. He also said that his focus in the first six months would be to bring out the pending results of various examinations.
Yadav has replaced former IPS officer Malkiat Singh,who retired from the post on March 31,after serving for about two years on the post.
Interacting with reporters after taking over here on Tuesday,Yadav said,The online system of submitting application forms is not feasible in a state like Uttar Pradesh,where Internet connectivity is not available in many remote and rural areas. The candidates from these places could be deprived of their chance if online application is made mandatory. The UPPSC has announced vacancies for 213 posts in the PCS-2013 examinations and the last date for filing the online application is April 25. The last date of submitting the application fee in the bank is April 20. Yadav indicated that,if need be,the last date may be extended. The notification regarding the changes in this regard is likely to be made over the next couple of days.
Talking about his priorities,Yadav,whose tenure will be of six years,said,We will work hard to bring out the pending results over the next six months. We realise that the candidates and their families undergo mental and financial difficulties waiting for the final results.
Some of the important examinations,whose results are still pending,include PCS (Mains) of 2011 and 2012,besides the results of the Combined Lower Subordinate Service Examinations (Mains) for 2008 and 2009.
Yadav said that the commission would also ensure that the controversies related to answer keys are not repeated. If the answer keys are changed,we have no problem in making public the corrected answer keys, said Yadav.
Under the current system,for some of the examinations like the PCS (Prelims),which is of objective type,the commission comes out with a set of answers – supposed to be the correct answers for all the questions – and invites objections from the aspirants after the examinations are over.
The objections are considered by the subject experts and,if necessary,the answer key is amended. The final result is declared as per the corrected answer key. However,this answer key is not made public,leading to apprehensions among the aspirants as to whether their objections have been accepted or not.
In 2011,the commission had to blacklist an examiner,after it was found that answers provided by him for some of the questions were wrong. Yadav also said that he would set up a complaint box at the gates of the commission,where aspirants can submit their problems. I will open them daily and take necessary action, he said. Yadav,who holds degrees of Doctor in Science and Master of Law,was principal of Chitragupta Post-Graduate Degree College in Mainpuri and also hails from the same place. He had been associated with the commission as a member since 2006.
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