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Assam Cabinet Eliminates Optional Papers in APSC's CC Exams

Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma tweeted that this move will help in achieving "uniformity in the standards of evaluation" of descriptive answers and ensure "equitable treatment" to all candidates of CCE (Mains)...

Assam Cabinet Eliminates Optional Papers in APSCs CC Exams

Sentinel Digital Desk

GUWAHATI: On Wednesday, the Assam Cabinet decided to eliminate the optional papers from the Combined Competitive (Mains) exam conducted by the APSC. For a change, the cabinet meeting was held in the Gandhi Mandap memorial building in the city.

Taking to Twitter, the Chief Minister, Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma tweeted that this move will help in achieving "uniformity in the standards of evaluation" of descriptive answers and ensure "equitable treatment" to all candidates of CCE (Mains).

APSC holds CC exams in two stages, as per the existing rules. The first stage, held to shortlist the candidates for the next stage is a preliminary examination. In the first stage the candidates have to appear for two papers. The second stage of the examination, is held in two stages- mains and interview. The main examination consists of 8 papers of 250 marks. Out of the total 8 papers, paper 7 and 8 are optional subjects.

The candidates can choose a combination of two papers from the list of 26 optional papers. The optional papers are Agriculture, Anthropology, Animal husbandry and Veterinary science,Botany, Chemistry, Civil engineering, Commerce and accountancy, Economics, Electrical engineering, geography, history, geology, law, Literature of any one of the following languages: Assamese, Bengali, Bodo, Hindi, Sanskrit, English , Management, Mathematics, Mechanical engineering, Medical science, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science and International Relations, Psychology, Public Administration, Sociology, statistics, and zoology.

There are 2275 total points awarded for passing the APSC CCE Mains, of which 2000 are for written exams and 275 are for the interview/personality test.

This new scheme will be announced by APSC soon in their official website http://apsc.nic.in/

According to Dr. Sarma, the cabinet also authorised the hiring of candidates for roughly 10,000 government positions. In order to promote workplace culture, it also eliminated the reservation for former military officers in high government positions, he claimed.He further stated that by December 31, job advertisements for around 6,000–7,000 regular and contractual posts in the Education Department will be published.

He also stated that the Assam Public Service Commission (APSC) will soon release an advertisement for over 700 positions.

Also read: Assam University Issues Circular To Put Complete Ban On Ragging

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