The Maharashtra Public Service Commission (MPSC) has relaxed the cut-off percentages for candidates to qualify for interviews through the main examination.
Now,general category candidates scoring an aggregate of 45 per cent or above (40 per cent for reserved category) can qualify for the interview. As per the earlier norms,introduced last year,general category candidates had to score a minimum of 45 per cent marks in each subject,while those in the reserved category had to score 40 per cent.
A notification issued by MPSC deputy secretary S N Hanumante said general category candidates were now required to score a minimum of 35 per cent marks in each subject,while the qualification cut-off for open category was 30 per cent.
As per rules,the ratio of posts to be filled and candidates interviewed has to be 1:3. The condition of minimum score in each subject,introduced last year,resulted in a skewed ratio with fewer candidates qualifying for the interview, said Kailas Bhalekar,faculty member at The Unique Academy,a training institute.
Supriya Wagh,who is preparing for MPSC examination,welcomed the decision. The move came after extensive screening of candidates owing to the condition of scoring a minimum of 45 per cent in each subject, said Wagh.