PSC exams postponed to September in wake of rising COVID cases

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Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala Public Service Commission (PSC) has decided that the 62 examinations, that were earlier postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will be conducted from September. These exams were scheduled to be held in the months of March, April and May.

Of this, 48 exams will be held in September. The rest of the exams will be in the following months. 

The seven exams that were scheduled for March will be conducted in September. Ten of the 12 exams that were scheduled for April and 31 of the 43 exams to be held in May will now be conducted in September. 

This includes key exams such as the assistant surgeon in the health department and food safety officer.

Not scheduled for September

Fireman (trainee) at the fire and rescue service, junior instructor (sheet metal) in the industrial training department, and junior co-operative inspector at the Khadi and Village Industries Board are the 14 exams that have not been included in the September exam calendar.

Exams only for those who gave confirmation

Only those who had given confirmation earlier will be allowed to write the exam. The candidates, planning to write the April exams, had to give in the confirmation by February 10 and those for May exams had to give confirmation by March 11.

Though some candidates approached the PSC, seeking more time, their request was turned down. The confirmation date ended before the lockdown was imposed. Also, the confirmation date was not applicable to exams in March.

Exams in own districts

Candidates will be allowed to write the tests at exam centres in their own districts. This would be applicable for recruitments both at district and state level.

The OMR tests will be held at the PSC office and nearby areas. The PSC will write to the education department to conduct exams at the schools. Majority of the online exams will be held at the PSC's own exam centres.

Candidates from containment zones will be allowed to take part in the interview on a later date. However, this is not applicable to those writing the tests.

Candidates will also have to download the new hall ticket again to appear for the exam.

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