KPSC to go online to speed up recruitment

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Thiruvananthapuram, Oct 25: The Kerala Public Service Commission (KPSC), the largest employment-recruiting agency in the country, was planning to introduce various measures, including issuing of hall-tickets through on-line and de-centralised valuation, as an effort to speed up its activities and issuing advise memos in the shortest period.

The KPSC took about two years to complete the process right from inviting applications to issuing advise memos to the selected candidates because of the volume of applicants, KPSC Chairman K V Salahuddin said. Our aim was to complete the process within one year, he added.

Mr Salahuddin told UNI, ''Since about 40 lakh applicants were handled each year by the KPSC, it is an hurricane task to finish the work in time, and we are exploring all possibilities of releasing the rank list in the shortest possible time''.

He said the commission was planning to introduce de-centralised valuation, instead of the current system of centralised valuation at its head quarters here. However, during emergency the commission could prepare rank-list in the shortest time, he added.

In order to wipe out the slightest possibility of impersonating, the Commission would introduce applications with photograph of the candidates, which could be scanned through ICR photo scanner, he said.

The PSC, to facilitate the process, had started inviting applications through on-line and would start issuing photo-affixed hall tickets through on-line, he said and added it would not only help in avoiding postal delay but also save expenses.

After the implementation of the Narendran Commission, the work load of the PSC had increased, as the KSSR was amended and the Government had asked the PSC to prepare a supplementary list for the community reservation. So the PSC had to prepare a five-fold list than the original number of candidates.

Steps were being taken to prepare question banks to ensure secrecy of question papers, avoid mistakes, and also to enable speedy conduct of PSC tests. The possibility of providing opportunity to candidates to verify their answer scripts ''online'' after the publication of the ranked list was also being considered.

Further accelerating the existing selection procedure, the Commission had decided to publish the rank list within six months from the date of notification. Moreover, the Commission deems it fit to prepare rank list in such a way that the number of candidates included was akin to the number of vacancies reported at the time of finalisation.

UNI

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