Goa PSC follows UPSC, Online Examination System introduced

Goa Public Service Commission (GPSC) has become the first organization under Goa government to adopt the Computer based examination system (online exam) for recruitment purposes. GPSC is conducting the computer based recruitment tests for various posts as an aim to achieve efficiency and complete transparency. Union Public Service Commission, along with other big organizations like IBPS, SBI, Indian Railways and many others have adopted and implemented the system successfully.

Department of Information Technology has implemented the online examination system for recruitment purpose in various departments/ undertakings/ agencies/ institutions/ bodies/ corporations/ PSUs under the Government of Goa. The Computer based examination system facilitates the entire process involved in recruitment including online registration, online application, online payment, scrutiny of applications, online hall tickets/call letters, tests and checking of exam answer sheets. In the words of GPSC, the system offers greater accuracy, efficiency, transparency, reliability, flexibility, scalability, efficient administration, minimum effort, instant results, time saving, cost saving etc.

Jose Manuel Noronha, GPSC Chairman told TOI, “It is for the first time that computer-based recruitment test (CBRT) is being introduced for the recruitment of junior scale officers of Goa civil services. The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has introduced negative marking, but this is the first time that GPSC is implementing it.”

Goa PSC has currently advertised to fill Junior Scale Officer, Junior Law Officer, Junior Environmental Engineer, Functional Manager, Assistant Geologist, Public Health Dentist and Ayurvedic Physician posts. The CBRT aims to shortlist the applicants by testing them for general knowledge, current affairs, etc and then take respective field-related tests. Mr. Jose said, “Earlier, there was a direct written test and those who cleared the test, were called for an interview. But now only those candidates will be called for written test who successfully qualify the CBRT.” The CBRT would also include the provision of negative marking.

The Commission aims to filter out the applicants in the first step by implementing the online examination system. By limiting the number of candidates for the written exam, the Commission would be able to appoint only one examiner to check the written test papers and thus achieving minimum chances of forgery/malpractices.

GPSC has prepared the different syllabus for the online exams, that clearly depicts the major areas on which the candidates will be tested. These include general issues, environmental ecology, bio-diversity and climate change, air and water pollution and its effects and forest conservation. The questions based on science, technology and innovation: startups, seed-funding, venture capital, angel funding, aims and objectives of National Innovation Council and various government authorities dealing with innovations will also be a part of CBRT.

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