There has been a substantial increase in the number of aspirants to Punjab Civil Service Combined Examination this year.
Around 45,500 applicants have applied for the preliminary examination for recruitment to 160 posts in the State Civil and Police Services examination to be conducted by the Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC). In 2010, the number of candidates was around 30,000.
"We have received one and a half times more applications as compared to the last exam. It reflects the faith of the students in the PPSC, which this year declared the results of the PCS-2009 exam," said Lt Gen RS Sujlana (retd), chairman of the PPSC.
Ironically, the last PCS examination was conducted after a gap of 10 years. There were several controversies like the cash-for-job scam.
PPSC examination secretary APS Virk said the roll numbers would be issued after the applications were scrutinised and the preliminary exam would be held in November-end or December-beginning. "We have to see the availability of centres for 45,000 applicants, so the final date would be announced after finalising the centres," he added.
On scrutinising the applications, the PPSC has found that a large number of applicants have not signed the hard copy of the application, so the commission is getting in touch with such candidates. "The idea is not to reject their candidature. We will provide ample time to the applicants to rectify the errors. The list of such applicants has been uploaded on to the PPSC website," he said.
The PPSC will shortlist at least 2,000 applicants for the main examination.