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With aspirants rising, UPSC considers moving tests online

punjab Updated: Apr 19, 2015 16:08 IST
Gaurav Bisht

With the ever increasing number of applicants posing logistical challenge, Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) is now considering introduction of online examinations for the young applicants keen to make it to government jobs through tests conducted by the commission.

"The task of commission is becoming more complex and challenging. There is a huge increase in the number of applicants for various examinations which is becoming a big logistical challenge," said UPSC chairman Deepak Gupta during the 17th national conference of the chairman of public service commission here on Saturday.

Last year there was heavy rush of aspirants for government jobs as about 9.5 lakh aspirants appeared in the preliminary round of civil services examination.

"The system of online examination has to be further developed and strengthened. Perhaps it may need further structural change in the manner and number of papers that are to be part of examinations as we go forward," Gupta said.

Apart from the examinations, a large number of aspirants also apply to the commission to seek jobs against the advertised post.
"How to use information technology is an important area," Gupta said highlighting the reforms introduced by commission during the past three years in upgrading the system.

"Some of the major initiatives include on-line receipt of applications, web-based system for capturing detailed information of examinees who are successful in clearing the written examination and dissemination of information regarding details for further procedures such as interviews," Gupta said.

"The computer-based examination system is a more secure and transparent mode of conducting recruitment tests and compresses the time between the examination and declaration of results, however, there are challenges in terms of security of data-related infrastructural constraints," he said emphasising upon reviewing the principal of judicial review.

On the recent trend of applicants disputing results in court, Gupta said perhaps it was not fully justifiably. "Courts asking for candidates to be provisionally interviewed is becoming the general problem," he said adding that it was only leading to the increase of workload on the commission.

Gupta said that dealing with court cases was also a major challenge before the commission. He emphasised that standardisation of affidavits in this repetitive issue could help strengthening the defenses and said that UPSC will look into how its website could be improved to become more effective tool in this issue. "We must also argue our case more vigorously," he said.

Expressing pain over violent events taking place across the world Tutu hoped that the world would be a better place and more hospitable to goodness, compassion and generosity.

"So that we don't have what is now happening between Russia and Ukraine, ISIS or the things that have happened in Kenya. They make God weep," he said.

Reciprocating the pleasantries, the Dalai Lama said that despite old age and recent health complications Tutu was determined to come.

"He is a great person, really a genuine good human being and also he is Christian catholic and meantime respects all the different and rich traditions," said the 79-year-old globe-trotting monk.

Meanwhile when asked about the purpose of the visit, Tutu replying in a lighter vain said, "We are going to sit together and enjoy our friendship and may be talk about joy."