On the first day of online test for learner driving licence, only around 30% of the applicants who took the test qualified. The regional transport department had introduced the online test in Noida from Tuesday following orders from higher officials.
Officials said that sixty applicants appeared for the online test between 10.30 am and 5.30 pm on Tuesday.
“The test is simple and all questions pertained to traffic rules, road safety norms and general knowledge. A person who is alert and active can easily answer these questions,” Manjula Devi, who qualified in the online test, said.
She said that she took only seven minutes to answer the nine questions required to qualify.
Transport department officials said they are shocked that only 19 candidates could manage to clear the test.
An official of the transport department said, “This means that 41 applicants could not answer nine questions correctly. A candidate gets 60 seconds to answer each question.”
Further, the official went on to say that this would not have happened with the manual testing process.
“All 41 unsuccessful applicants would have managed to obtain learner licence in the manual test,” the official said.
“UP government had received several complaints that candidates used to get learner licence by paying `3,000 to touts. The new system has exposed how conveniently applicants used to obtain driving licence without basic knowledge of traffic rules, endangering their lives as well as that of other commuters,” the official said.
Officials said that candidates needed extensive help from coordinators for the online test.
“Candidates could not understand some questions because of their unfamiliarity with traffic signage, rules and in some cases because of the language as well. We were quite liberal on day one and helped candidates who were nervous. We also observed that some questions were difficult and did not pertain to driving licence,” Rachna Yaduvanshi, assistant regional transport officer (ARTO), Gautam Budh Nagar, said.
“For example, there was a question about fine for overloading vehicles. There were some questions on rules that did not pertain to learner licence. We are also observing that parts of the test are complicated. We will write to the department for revision of the question paper,” the ARTO said.
The ARTO said that the new system will help improve motor driving skills and also enhance the transport department’s image.