As many as 2,147 candidates appeared in the Punjab Civil Services (Mains) examination conducted by the Punjab Public Service Commission on Saturday.
To avoid any controversy, the PPSC had made elaborate arrangements of security and for checking copying. Even the question paper was set in the morning, later translated and printed at the same place before being sent to the examination centres.
According to the PPSC rules, the experts who set the paper remained at the PPSC headquarters till the paper was completed at various examination centres.
It was the general studies paper-1, which even had a question on the recent floods in Uttarakhand.
There was no untoward incident, barring a candidate who reportedly was drunk and was sent for medical examination.
Meanwhile, in the absence of the new chairman, the government has asked seniormost member Dalbir Singh Mahal to officiate as the PPSC chairman.
Mahal said the examination was conducted in a transparent manner amid tight security. He said the PPSC had installed jammers to check the use of mobile phones; no gadgets were allowed in the examination centres.
The PPSC is conducting the main examination for selection of 160 officers in civil, police and other departments.