The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) exam witnessed a low attendance as only 33% candidates reached the centres in Ludhiana on Sunday.
At least 31 centres were setup at various schools and colleges for 11,558 candidates, but 67% candidates remained absent.
According to information, 3,818 candidates appeared in the first exam from 9:30am to 11:30am. Of these, 60 candidates did not appear for the second exam that was conducted from 2:30pm to 4:30pm. And only 3,758 candidates appeared for the second paper.
Students from Amloh, Mukerian, Chandigarh, Moga, Dhuri, Patiala, Nakodar, Mansa and many other parts of the state came here to take the examination.
Additional deputy commissioner (development) Apneet Riyait said, “The examination was conducted peacefully at all centres. Cops were deployed at the examination centres for security purposes. A separate centre was also set up for visually impaired at Punjab Agricultural University.”
Sources said some students, who might not be fully prepared, missed it so that they can save another attempt.
Family members of some candidates kept waiting outside the centres all day.
LATE COMERS MISSED EXAMINATION
“I missed my last chance as I reached the examination centre late,” said a candidate from Chandigarh, Sudhir Saini. “I took a train from Chandigarh to Ludhiana, but it reached here late. Moreover, I had no idea on how to reach my examination centre, which was at BCM School, Basant Avenue. So, I hired an auto to reach the centre and the driver charged `200 from me. But I was late, so they did not let me enter. When I had filled the application form, I wanted Chandigarh as my centre, but it was not available in the options at that time.”
There are reports that some students had to return from the entrance gate as they reached late. Entry was allowed till 9:40am for morning exam and 2:40pm for second exam. Sources said four students were not allowed to enter the centre at Government College for Girls as they reached after 9:40 am.
‘EXAM NOT SO TOUGH’
Simranjeet Kaur of Ludhiana, whose centre was at Government College for Girls, said, “Mostly questions were related to current affairs and general knowledge. The level of exam was moderate. If anyone prepares in a right way, such exams can be easily cleared.”
Another candidate, Sahil Sharma said, “I came from Nakodar to take the exam. Objective type questions were mostly related to current affairs. Though it was my first attempt, the exam was not very tough.”
Meanwhile, some candidates claimed that the second exam was lengthy.
Traffic chaos was witnessed on College Road, Ishmeet Singh Chowk and in other areas after examination. Cops were seen clearing traffic snarls. Many vehicles parked on roadsides added to the problem in some areas.
Riyait said, “As per the trend, turnout generally remained below 50% as the candidates, who may not have fully prepared, did not want to waste their attempt.”