Problems for Maharashtra Public Service Commission (MPSC) aspirants seem to be far from over.
A day after the MPSC servers crashed due to a virus,more than 3.5 lakh students who had registered for the April 7 exam,have been told register all over again.
However,re-registering was not possible as the server continued to crash every time a candidate tried to log in.
Since Tuesday afternoon,candidates from the city have been complaining the website was not responding despite repeated attempts to log in.
Ever since I came to know about the re-registration,I have been trying to log in. But I have not been able to register as the website would not respond. I hope the traffic slows down at night, said Mahesh Valvi,an IAS aspirant.
Candidates in rural areas are the worst hit due to slow internet connectivity coupled by continuous power cuts. Many students in rural areas are still unaware of the MPSC notice.
Sudhir Thakre,MPSC chairman,played down the whole incident and said a decision on extending the deadline for registrations will be taken only on April 4,after taking stock of the situation.
The MPSC has set a deadline of April 4 till 5 pm for candidates to re-register.
We do not want to take any decision as of now. The problem is due to heavy traffic. Candidates must be patient. We will see to it that every candidate is able to register for the examination, he said.
We have over 800 candidates sitting for the exam. All have been trying to re-register,but only 20 to 25 candidates have been successful since morning, said Ashok Gaikwad,a teacher at a MPSC coaching class.
I logged in the website at 6 am today and was able to re-register. But none of my friends who tried later was able to register. If this is the case in Pune,I dont know what the situation will be in rural areas. The whole episode is frustrating. MPSC has to find an alternative or a lot of aspirants will be left in the dark, said Dayanand Kokare,another IAS aspirant.
The MPSC is a constitutional body created for the recruitment of class I,II and III officers and employees in various departments of the state government.