BENGALURU: The Karnataka Public Service Commission (KPSC) is introducing steps to bring about transparency in the ensuing recruitment of 440 Grade A and B gazetted probationers.
According to KPSC sources, for the first time, the commission has decided to discontinue the practice of disclosing candidates’ scores in the main exam before the viva voce.
KPSC Secretary Manoj Kumar Meena said the KPSC board has decided to emulate the UPSC on this. The KPSC has also committed itself to the date of the preliminary exam while inviting applications for the posts, he said. “By announcing the date in advance, there is no scope for uncertainty,” he said. The preliminary exam will be conducted on April 19, and the main exam in August, he said. Outlining the features of the preliminary examination, he said this time, negative marking system will be adopted. For three wrong answers, one mark will be deducted, but for questions left unanswered, there will be no penalty. This is also on the lines of the UPSC, he said.
Meena said unlike the previous examinations, there will not be separate booklets for questions and answers. One booklet will have the questions as well as space for the answers, he said.
On Wednesday, the KPSC invited online applications for the posts of gazetted probationers, with February 20 being the last date for submission of forms. A KPSC source said the Department of Health and Family Welfare has also approached the commission to conduct the examination to recruit over 1,000 doctors. The Horticulture Department too has appealed to the commission to fill the posts of assistant directors, the source said.
WHAT’S NEW THIS TIME
- Marks in the main examination will not be disclosed before viva voce
- Negative marking system
- Exam schedule will be announced in the notification
- No separate question and answer booklets