Making it clear that although the allegations regarding discrepancies in Combined Competitive (Mains) Examination-2016 are completely unwarranted, J&K Public Service Commission (JKPSC) on Monday said it will, still, provide an opportunity to the aggrieved candidates to project their concerns by making a formal representation to the Commission.
This was announced by the Chairman, JKPSC, Latief-uz-Zaman Deva at a presser here. He was flanked by Controller Examinations, Khalid Majeed and Secretary JKPSC, Rajesh Sharma.
He asked the candidates to mail a formal representation to the Commission within 3 days mentioning their Roll Number and Name so that re-verification vis-a vis the evaluated scripts is done, as a matter of abundant caution.
Regarding the introduction of the on-screen method of evaluation, Deva clarified that it is in no way change of pattern as it only supplements and complements technologically the evaluation process and techniques.
He also said that newly introduced digital method is already being adopted by various examination bodies of different states like Gujarat and Rajasthan with an aim to bring in more efficiency and transparency in the system besides ensuring error-free results.
Highlighting the difference between the manual and on-screen method, JKPSC Chairman said the only difference between the two is that in the manual mode of evaluation, the manual copies of the scripts are sent to the evaluators for assessment of the performance of the candidates wherein marks are awarded and recorded manually, while in onscreen evaluation of the answer scripts, the answer booklets are uploaded to the data center, wherefrom they are retrieved by the officials at local data center for display in the readable platform (computer) which is accessed by the evaluators through use of unique log-in IDs.
Deva dispelled the notion of some aggrieved candidates that in the onscreen method of evaluation instead of evaluators assessing the performance based on the answers written by the candidates, the computer does the evaluation as being done in evaluating OMR sheets of the preliminary examination. “In onscreen method also, the evaluation is done by the designated evaluators, however, without using paper or pen,” he said.
“We are confident that the result is error-free as it has gone through several checks and cross-checks inherent in the system,” he told the reporters.
Regarding the switching over the digital mode of evaluation, Deva said that there is already a provision in the Jammu and Kashmir Conduct of Examination Rules, 2005 envisaging switching over to the digital mode of evaluation in a gradual manner and in such of examination, as the Commission would decide.
Further defending the decision of onscreen mode of evaluation, Deva said that it is for the first time in the annals of the Commission that the result was declared within the span of less than 4 months.
“This was possible only due to switching over from the manual mode of evaluation which ensured declaration of an error-free result within the shortest time-frame,” he said.
The PSC chairman reiterated his commitment of ensuring fair, transparent and best practices for conducting examinations and making selections.
Earlier, Controller Examinations, JKPSC, Khalid Majeed gave a detailed presentation to the media-persons on the onscreen method of evaluation by the evaluators and how it has brought in accuracy and quickness in results.