GSSSB Clerk Exam : Over 7 lakh candidates to appear

Gujarat Subordinate Service Selection Board (GSSSB) is going to conduct the written examination for the post of Bin Sachivalay Clerk and Office Assistant this Sunday. The official advertisement for filling these posts was released on April 22. There are a total of 2,949 posts for which the Board is organizing the written exam, these include 2,522 Bin Sachivalay Clerk posts and 427 Office Assistant posts. As per the reports, as much as 7.67 lakh aspirants have applied for these posts and are now preparing to appear for the test on October 16.

While the Board has made all the necessary arrangements for the written exam, one controversy triggered following a hasty decision taken by the Board of suspending the mobile internet services. GSSSB Chairman Mr. Asit Vora, on Thursday, said that all the district collectors have been asked to ban mobile internet services for four hours on Sunday. He said the decision has been taken as a precautionary measure to minimize the possibility of question paper leakage/ cheating during the exam. “District Collectors have been asked to ban mobile internet services between 10 AM and 2 PM on Sunday so that mobile phones are not used for unfair means during the written exam for the post of Class-IV non-Secretariat clerks and office assistants for cheating,” Mr. Vora had said. However, as the Aam Aadmi Party unit of Gujarat complained about this, the decision was revoked.

AAP Convenor Arvind Kejriwal is scheduled to hold a rally in Surat on October 16 and the Gujarat Unit of AAP complained that the ban on internet services has been implemented so as to prevent the real-time relay of Arvind Kejriwal’s address through mobile internet devices. Even a press release was issued by AAP in this regard, which stated that the people in Gujarat as well as those outside the state are looking forward to the public address of Kejriwal.

Following this, the decision was taken back. An official statement quoting Minister of State for Home Pradipsinh Jadeja was issued which mentioned “The state Home department has decided not to ban mobile internet service in connection with the subordinate service competitive examination on Sunday, October 16.”

The candidates would have to take a single question paper consisting of two papers; Part 1 (written test) of 200 marks and Part 2 (Computer Proficiency Test) of 100 marks.

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