Women have outnumbered male applicants from the four southern districts for the Group IV examination of the Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission, its chairman R Nataraj said on Tuesday.
The number of women applicants from districts like Thoothukudi, Tirunelveli, Sivaganga and Kanyakumari was higher than that of men, he said.
Nataraj was speaking to reporters at the collector’s office here after chairing a review meeting-- which saw the participation of Collectors from nine districts -- on the arrangementes for the examination. Around 12.5 lakh have applied for the exam scheduled for July 7, the TNPSC chairman said.
“Of these, 40 per cent are from the southern districts. Further, 47 per cent of the applicants in the State are women,” Nataraj said.
Detailing the arrangements in place, Nataraj said the commission would conduct the Group IV examination in 50,000 halls at 5,000 venues across the State.
Collectors, who would act as the chief coordinators for the exam in their respective districts, would decide the venues (mostly schools and colleges). As many as 20 candidates would be accommodated in each hall, Nataraj informed. “All arrangements are being made to conduct the exam in a transparent and fair manner. Arrangement of police security and the appointment of invigilators are being made with the cooperation of other departments,” he said.
During the Tuesday meeting, the modalities of storing the question papers at the treasuries and transporting them to the centres and back were discussed,he added.
“The personal interview for the candidates who have cleared the written exam for the posts under Group II will start from Wednesday,” Nataraj said.