The MP Professional Examination Board (MPPEB) will now conduct one recruitment test for the posts of equal ranks of different departments, another move by the Vyapam scam-hit board to bring in transparency.
More than 2,000 people have been arrested in connection with the multi-crore scam, where organised rackets allegedly rigged tests conducted by the MPPEB for admissions and recruitment to various courses and government jobs.
To ensure transparency in the system, the board has implemented an advanced biometrics system at all the exam centres that helped the officials nab 57 impersonators in the police constable recruitment exam in July-August, at the registration desk only.
Now, the MPPEB, which conducts more than 18 exams a year, will hold a single exam for home guards, excise constables, police constables, jail guards and forest guards.
These posts in different departments are of equal rank. The government has approved the proposal.
The move will not only save time and money of the board but also prove beneficial for candidates.
MPPEB director Bhaskar Lakshakar said, “By approving the proposal, the government has benefited thousands of candidates of the state. This unified exam will be hugely beneficial for the candidates since they don’t have to apply five times separately for each department.”
The other reason of organising one exam in place of five is to avoid delay in recruitment exams due to availability of infrastructure.
“The MPPEB has started conducting recruitment tests through online mode but this is time taking process as the state has limited infrastructure in the form of computer laboratories,” said an officer of MPPEB.
“In the recently conducted police constable recruitment exam, more than 69,000 students had appeared and the exam was successfully completed in 18 days. To conduct other exams, MPPEB needs 72 days and spend four times more funds,” he said.