UP: OMR-based exam for teachers’ selection

The written examination for appointment of 69,000 new assistant teachers in UP basic education department will now be optical mark recognition (OMR)-based.

lucknow Updated: Dec 04, 2018 13:41 IST
Rajeev Mullick
Rajeev Mullick
Hindustan Times, Lucknow
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The state government has set in motion the process of appointment of 69,000 basic education teachers from December 5 with advertisement of vacancies. Online registrations will be open from December 6 to December 20.(Representative image)

The written examination for appointment of 69,000 new assistant teachers in UP basic education department will now be optical mark recognition (OMR)-based.

An official said the state government had done away with the practice of subjective tests and was set to introduce optical mark reader (OMR) sheets with multiple choice objective questions to rule out any possibility of errors in evaluation.

“We are introducing the optical mark reader (OMR) sheets for recruitment of 69,000 additional teachers. In the last examination, there were mistakes in the evaluation of answer sheets. Candidates challenged the evaluation process, moved court and fresh re-evaluation was ordered. To prevent all this, it has been decided to introduce OMR-based examination,” said Prabhat Kumar, additional chief secretary.

He said this new format would plug any possibility of discrepancy in evaluation. “The new system will be more transparent and fair. It will also lead to faster evaluation of answer sheets,” he said.

The timing of the examination has also been changed. This time the examination would be held between 11 am to 1.30 pm instead of 10 am to 12.30 pm, he said. There is no mention of cut off in the order yet. But sources said the final call on fixing cut off would be taken depending on the number of applicants.

The state government has set in motion the process of appointment of 69,000 basic education teachers from December 5 with advertisement of vacancies. Online registrations will be open from December 6 to December 20.

A government spokesman said that December 21 would be the last date for submission of application fee while admit cards would be uploaded on the department website by December 31. Entrance exam would be held on January 6, 2019 while results would be out on January 22.

First Published: Dec 04, 2018 13:41 IST