Jammu, January 29: After a number of incidents of cheating and mass copying cropped up in written examinations conducted by state recruitment agencies for various governmental posts, the concerned department has now decided to conduct the written exam under video surveillance.
In the recently issued guidelines to ensure fair and transparent examinations, future examinations will be conducted in only government educational institutions and it will be videographed so that the Divisional Commissioners of Kashmir and Jammu regions can keep supervision over the examination.
These new guidelines have come after there was an uproar in the state over the recent incident of mass communication held on December 25 after which the JKSSB had to cancel the examination conducted for government jobs in two private institutions in Jammu.
The order issued last evening by General Administration Department (GAD) said that the written examination from now on will be conducted under the overall supervision of the Divisional Commissioner of the respective divisions and the Secretary of JKSSB will notify the Divisional Commissioner before conduct of examinations and fixation of the dates and finalisation of the venues.
The Chief Inspector of the respective district will be the Chief Inspector of the respective district and his duty is to visit all examination centres if the examinations are conducted at the district headquarters only.
“In case the examinations are conducted at the tehsil headquarters also, the SDM of the area or the tehsildar concerned shall be appointed as the Chief Inspector in respect of such centres,” order said, adding that the security personnel would take control of the examination venues two hours before the start of the examination.
Also, the invigilation staff shall reach the examination venue one and a half hours before the examination. Proper frisking of candidates should be done before they enter the examination centres.
Mobile phones and other electronic gadgets shall not be allowed inside the examination centres.