The recent examinations conducted by the Goa Public Service Commission (GPSC) have shown a marked improvement in the performance by the candidates who attempted the Computer Based Recruitment Test (CBRT).
The Commission had received around 3,700 applications for the 22 positions of junior scale officers in personnel department in response to an advertisement earlier this year. The GPSC had scheduled the screening in March 2020 but had to postpone it due to the lockdown declared at that time.
In view of the pandemic, the Commission had decided to conduct a pre-screening test keeping in mind the various SOPs in force. Of the total 3,700 candidates who had applied, 2,723 candidates attempted the examination of which 79 cleared the test and passed and 96 qualified for a repeat examination.
The Commission had earlier decided and informed all candidates that those who secured up to three marks less than the required cutoff in the respective categories would be eligible to answer a repeat examination. Of those who answered the repeat examination, 12 cleared in the general category and four cleared in the OBC category.
All those candidates who cleared the prescreening test will now be subject to the screening CBRT which will be a 75 minute paper carrying 75 marks and will examine topics like history , governance , environment, innovation , current affairs, geography , reasoning and English comprehension.
The screening CBRT is scheduled to be held on December 13, 2020 and those who qualify at this screening CBRT will have to answer four written papers totaling 250 marks. The successful candidates at this written examination will need to appear for an interview before a selection committee at the commission.
It may be recalled that the commission has been finding it difficult to fill the positions of Junior Scale Officer in the recent past and of the 11 positions advertised first in 2016 only nine could be filled by GPSC so far in three different attempts.
The Commission also conducted CBRT for the position of Assistant public prosecutor for the Directorate of Prosecution in the home department where a total of around 450 candidates applied for 23 positions. However, only 353 candidates appeared for the examination, where 28 candidates cleared the examination -- 13 in general category, seven in OBC category, seven in ST category and one in SC category. No candidate, however, was successful in the PWD category.