UDC exam: Puducherry government promises strict vigil

PUDUCHERRY: The Puducherry government on Saturday said it had taken necessary measures to conduct the competitive examination for recruitment to the post of upper division clerk in a fair and transparent manner. Secretary (personnel and administrative reforms) S Sundaravadivelu said the selection of candidates will be purely on merit.

His statement comes in wake of widespread complaints of corruption in recruitment process from different quarters including ruling party MLA G Nehru.

Sundaravadivelu said the department of personnel and administrative reforms follows ‘very transparent method of selection’ and advised the candidates not to fall prey to any false promises from any quarters. “Complaints about persons offering to get UDC posts on consideration other than their performance in the examination may be provided to secretary (personnel) and superintendent of police (vigilance and anti-corruption) for necessary action as per law,” he said.

Outlining the measures undertaken to prevent malpractices in the recruitment process he said the candidates will be allowed to take question booklets and a carbon copy of their optical mark reading (OMR) sheets with them after the completion of the exam.

The department will host the answer keys in its website tentatively at 10am on October 26 inviting objections if any for the keys displayed. The candidates can evaluate their OMR sheets using the answer key.

The answer sheets that will reach the evaluation centre in sealed packets will be evaluated by optical scanners in the presence of senior government officials.

The marks obtained by the candidates will be hosted on the website and the candidates can crosscheck the evaluation. Sundaravadivelu said flying squads will be on duty apart from the invigilators to prevent copying and other malpractices in the examination hall.

He also instructed the candidates to use black or blue ball point pens to mark the OMR sheets and not by pencil to prevent chances of altering the answers at any stage. The competitive examination will be held on October 25 in all the four regions of the Union Territory.