Though the test for recruitment of 165 clerks in Kurukshetra University was held successfully on Sunday, a large number of candidates did not appear in it.
In the morning session, of the 22,338 candidates who were supposed to appear for 133 budgeted posts of clerks, 16,580 sat in the test. In the evening session, out of 1,539 candidates who were supposed to appear for 32 self-financing posts of clerks, only 1,364 appeared in the test.
A candidate, Sunil Sharma, said they had applied three years back and now the university has decided to hold the test again. Many candidates felt that it was futile to appear in the test as selections are to be made while keeping the assembly elections in mind, he added.
The test was conducted at 70 centres for budgeted posts in the morning session and at five centres for self-financing posts in the afternoon session on the KU campus and educational institutions near Kurukshetra.
KU vice-chancellor Lt Gen DDS Sandhu (retd) said, "The test was conducted in a smooth manner and no untoward incident was reported from any centre. Sandhu visited some of the centres on the campus and nearby institution to check the conduct of the exam.
KU also engaged a large number of videographers to record the identity of the candidates. The university had appointed 70 observers and 70 centre superintendents for the exam. The district administration imposed Section 144 at all centres and deployed adequate number of police force for the smooth conduct of the examination, said KC Ralhan, registrar, Kurukshetra University.