To facilitate candidates appearing for various competitive examinations, the Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (HPPSC) on Saturday launched a toll-free helpline number - 1800-180-8004. Launching the helpline number, HPPSC chairman KS Tomar said the assistance centre would function from 10am to 5pm excluding government holidays.
HPPSC would take help of experienced and professional executives to answer the telephonic inquiry of candidates, added Tomar.
“It will prove a boon for those aspirants who face problems in filling up online application forms,” said Tomar.
So far, there was no methodology to clarify applicants' queries related to online forms, he added.
Referring to his visit to the Rajasthan Public Service Commission (RPSC), he said RPSC had taken a major initiative in information technology enhancement, systemisation and pattern change to reduce the paper work during the written examinations to zero level.
“We have to go a long way to take the current system of the examination to the next level which will have 100% utilisation of the new technology,” added Tomar.
In order to make the examination paper-free, HPPSC would make an endeavour to adopt the online examination system as done by various public service commissions, said Tomar.
Elaborating, he said the state public service commission received about 80,000 online applications for various competitive examinations.
“These online applicants will be benefitted by this toll free number,” he said, adding that queries related to filling up of forms, details of advertisements and date of examinations would be answered through the helpline number.
Further, he said commission has written to the state government about the dire need of introducing coaching in aptitude test in schools, colleges and universities to prepare the students for different types of competitive examinations.
“The commission has requested the government to direct the education and technical education departments to start coaching in the aptitude test on the analogy of the national service scheme and National Cadet Corps (NCC) which will benefit thousands of young aspirants,” he added.
Laying stress on providing better opportunities to aspirants from rural areas, he said aspirants from the rural background were the worst-hit as they do not get the opportunities like their counterparts in urban areas.