Wednesday, July 28, 2010

PSC to revamp departmental exams

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The departmental examinations being conducted by the Kerala Public Service Commission (PSC) for State government employees are set for a thorough revamp.

The commission is getting ready to switch over to online application system from August 15 in the first phase and replace the conventional descriptive type examinations with the Optical Mark Reader (OMR) system. These steps are being taken to overcome the delay in holding examinations and to announce the results quickly.

Sources told The Hindu here that from submission of applications to issue of hall-tickets and announcement of results, all will be computerised in the first phase.

The commission initially planned to change over to the new mode after introducing e-payment for the employees. Considering the delay in providing ATM facility, it has been decided to launch the first phase immediately. A one-time registration facility being introduced as part of the online application system has been cited as a main advantage.

At the time of registration, each employee will get a permanent number. It can be used to appear for all departmental tests during their career. The present system mandates separate registration for each examination. Corrections can also be made in the applications till the time of issue of hall-tickets.

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