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Shadow over Panchayat Secy test

Shadow over Panchayat Secy test
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Shadow over Panchayat Secy test. Thousands of aspirants who applied for the Panchayat Secretary posts have been pinning hopes on the smooth conduct of...

Hyderabad: Thousands of aspirants who applied for the Panchayat Secretary posts have been pinning hopes on the smooth conduct of the test on February 23. The group IV test is under cloud due to the surcharged political atmosphere.

This could be the last recruitment test during the tenure of the present government as, in all probability; the election notification would be released in another ten days.
The AP Public Service Commission, which is holding the test, has not yet made any announcement with regard to deferment of the test. “We have been watching the developments. We expect the test could be held without any hitch like VRO, VRA tests which were conducted twenty days back. If anything untoward happens, we will discuss the issue and take a decision,” a top functionary of Service Commission told The Hans India.
A total 2,677 posts would be filled through the test and nearly 6.8 lakh students have applied for the exam. Since the minimum qualification is any degree and the age limit is 36 years, many people who did their graduation long back have also applied.
Without giving any scope for doubts to students, the Commission has asked the applicants to download their hall-tickets from Tuesday.
But candidates have been apprehensive of some trouble that may arise out of the bifurcation issue which is passing through a climax phase. Any bandh or violence on either side may mar the chances of holding the test, they fear.
The terms of Presidential Order of 1975 would be followed in the test i.e. 80 per cent of vacancies are to be filled by local candidates and 20 per cent of vacancies are open to all for which locals and non-locals have to be considered on the basis of combined merit list, as each revenue district is the unit of appointment.
The selection to the post would be made by the district collector or District Selection Committee as per the Merit List.
The written examination would be held at all the District Head Quarters which are the Centres except Hyderabad district.
Candidates have to use blue or black ball point pen only for marking the answers.
Candidates should take their seats 20 minutes before the commencement of the examination and are not to be allowed after 10 minutes of the scheduled time.
The exam will be in
MCQ mode and for 300 marks. It consists of two
papers; paper I-general studies and paper II- rural
development and problems in rural areas with special
reference to Andhra Pradesh. Each paper is 150 marks and the duration of the test is 300 minutes in two sessions.
The test would be of degree standard.
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