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Exam and evaluation reforms in the offing: APSC chief

By our Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, Feb 9: Assam Public Service Commission (APSC) acting chairman Brigadier Ranjit Borthakur has said that the APSC has vowed to bring in more reforms.

Talking to The Sentinel, Brigadier Borthakur said: “In the view to the overwhelming response of candidates, the last date of submission of forms for the Combined Competitive Examition (CCE) (prelim) has been extended up to February 18. Earlier the closing date was February 9.”  

“After a brain-storming season with experts in March, we will chalk out a plan for making only one optiol paper as is the case with the UPSC. States like Rajasthan, Tamil du etc., have already opted UPSC-pattern examitions. Now giving credits to the candidates is divided equally between the board and experts. Earlier, experts gave credits in form of grades which were later converted to marks. Proposals like giving credit instead of grading from experts are being thought of. Introduction of an APSC mobile application is under consideration for updating the candidates,” Borthakur said.

“A warning board will be displayed on the premises. If any case of graft is noticed, anyone can lodge complaints on the board, and the police will extend help. Reforms should also cover quick declaration of results. The APSC has to revise its syllabi in view of the different courses being offered by universities. Reasoning has to be introduced to check the IQ level of candidates,” Borthakur added.

The APSC chairman also pointed out that departments concerned do not publish advertisements correctly in so far as scheduling of exams is concerned. He said that often candidates get puzzled by such advertisements.

 “Around 15,000- 16,000 forms have been submitted and the figure may go up to 24,000. Hard copies are accepted as the online server is in police custody,” he said.

“The police have recently handed over the custody of last year’s mains examition copies to us, and accordingly experts will start evaluating the scripts from next week,” he said.

 Borthakur said that letters to around 400 experts were sent for in-house evaluation. “No expert will be above 65 years of age. Applications will also be sent to the authorities concerned for granting them leave when they will be in the APSC. As many as 300 candidates will be called for 140 posts,” Barthakur said.