VIJAYAWADA: With Vijayawada being selected as the centre for civil services (preliminary) examination for the first time, the Krishna district officials are on their toes to ensure its smooth conduct.
“About 14,640 candidates have applied for the exam here and a total of 31 centres have been set up. Further, 31 observers have been appointed to oversee the examination,” informed joint collector J Murali.
The test will be held in two parts on Sunday. Exam for part-1 will start at 9.40 am and part-2 at 2.40 pm. Candidates should be present at the examination hall half-an-hour in advance. “As the city is conducting the test for the first time, the officials have been directed to ensure that the exams are conducted peacefully without any disturbances. They have already been explained about the measures to be taken and tahsildars have been appointed as liaison officers,” said Krishna district collector M Raghunandan Rao, who is also the coordinator for the examinations.
Personal belongings are not allowed into the examination hall and all the candidates must bring e-admit card, the collector added.
Aspirants from the region, who usually travel to places like Hyderabad and Tirupati, are finding Vijayawada a convenient place to take the exam. “Last year, I appeared for the exam in Hyderabad. But, this time, I chose Vijayawada in view of its proximity. Many aspirants from the region usually write the exam in Hyderabad since they take coaching in the erstwhile capital city. Furthermore, Vijayawada is not known for Civils coaching. Now that it has come into the picture, Civils coaching is likely to pick up in the city in the near future,” opined B Karthik Kumar of Mangalagiri.
Meanwhile, Visakhapatnam and Tirupati have also been selected as Civils exam centres in the state.