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Over 37,000 appear for UPSC prelims in Chandigarh

About 37,000 candidates appeared in the UPSC civil services preliminary examination held across 96 centres of the city on Sunday.

punjab Updated: Aug 08, 2016 13:05 IST
HT Correspondent
Candidates after the UPSC civil services preliminary examination at Postgraduate Government College for Girls, Sector 11, in Chandigarh on Sunday.
Candidates after the UPSC civil services preliminary examination at Postgraduate Government College for Girls, Sector 11, in Chandigarh on Sunday.(Sanjeev Sharma/HT Photo)

About 37,000 candidates appeared in the UPSC civil services preliminary examination held across 96 centres of the city on Sunday.

The exam was held in two parts — the first from 9:30am to 11:30am and the second from 2:30pm to 4:30pm. Candidates said the exam was mostly based on current affairs. Rather than theoretical questions, the paper comprised objective type questions, they added. Muneesh Sharma, 26, from Karnal said, “If one reads the newspaper regularly, he/she would have answered all questions.”

Maninder Kaur, 23, from Ropar said the security arrangements were in place. “However, I wish there was a proper place for outstation candidates to keep their articles.” A total of 1,000 Chandigarh Police personnel were on their toes to ensure security. Total 30 police control room vehicles (PCR) were deployed, and the coordinating officers ensured the smooth functioning.

The candidates were asked to reach the allotted centre 40 minutes before the exam. Pawan Kumar, assistant superintendent, said, “About 11 cops are deployed in every institute, including women constables.” Alka Mehta, principal, GMSSS-35, said, “UT officials conducted inspections both on Saturday and Sunday to ensure proper security.”

Among the schools and colleges where the exam was conducted include Government Model Schools in Sector 10, 16, 23 A, 22A, 26, 32C, 35D and 37D, and Post graduate Government College for Girls, Sector 11, and Post Graduate Government College, Sector 11.