SRINAGAR: The Jammu and Kashmir Public Service Commission (PSC) conducted Combined Competitive (Preliminary) Examination, 2021 (CCE), in two sessions, both in Jammu and Srinagar as well as at four districts of Doda, Rajouri, Anantnag and Baramulla smoothly, an official spokesman said.
“According to JKPSC, 30888 candidates were eligible for taking the examination, out of which 20777 candidates appeared for General Studies Paper-I and 20624 appeared for General Studies Paper-II and the total percentage of attendance today stood at 66.78 in all the 85 Centres in both the Divisions,” the spokesman said. “The Combined Competitive (Preliminary) Examination has been designed as a three-stage process and today’s Examination was the first stage to be followed by the Mains Examination in which the candidates shortlisted after the Preliminary stage shall appear.”
The spokesman said that the JKPSC had made elaborate four tier arrangements with strict adherence to Covid-19 protocols. All Examination Centres were sanitized and the candidates were also made to undergo thermal scanning before entering the Examination Hall. “Keeping in view the importance of COVID appropriate behaviour and to avoid any last-minute inconvenience, all the candidates were directed to report at the Examination venue at least two hours in advance for which JKPSC had made wide publicity through print and electronic media,” the spokesman said.
Though a number of political parties had suggested PSC postpone the examination in wake of inclement weather, the Commission refused saying it will impact the calendar they had adopted. The exam was postponed earlier in July because of Covid19.