3.2 lakh take written test for 8500 class-IV posts

J&K Services Selection Board (JKSSB) under Accelerated Recruitment Drive conducted 3rd Phase of OMR based Objective type Written Test for 8575 District/ Divisional/UT cadre posts of Class-IV of various departments today from 12 noon to 2 pm.

The third phase of the examination was conducted today at 379 examination centres. In this phase, 1.34 lakh candidates were scheduled to appear in the examination and 1.095 lakh candidates appeared, the Board informed.

A statement issued here by JKSSB further said that the officers/officials deployed for examination duty while exercising extra vigil detected 4 cases of unfair means who were found to be in possession of bluetooth devices/electronic equipment taken in stealthily and 4 candidates with fabricated / doctored admit cards have also been detected. The JKSSB has decided to debar 3 candidates found to be using unfair means from participating in the JKSSB examinations for 3 years.

Further, the statement added that in respect of 4 cases of fabricated / doctored admit cards, the Board is contemplating stringent action against such candidates in due course in pursuance of Section 27(a) of the Jammu & Kashmir Services Selection Board (Conduct of Examination) Regulations, 2013 after completion of necessary formalities.

The candidates found indulging in unfair means were immediately put in isolation and were not allowed to leave the examination centre till completion of the written test. The Board appreciates the efforts and extra vigil exercised by the invigilatory staff and has decided to suitably acknowledge their contribution in strengthening the endeavor of the JKSSB in ensuring fair & transparent conduct of examination, it added.

As per the communiqué by JKSSB, about 4.04 lakh candidates had applied for these posts out of which 3.286 lakh candidates appeared; 1.094 lakh candidates in the first phase, 1.097 lakh candidates in second phase and 1.095 lakh candidates appeared in third and last phase of the examination. The statement added that a multi layered structure for supervision has been established with one Centre Observer and Centre Magistrate for each Examination Centre, in addition to the Centre Superintendent. 382 Magistrates, 382 Centre Observers and 382 Centre Superintendents were deployed. In addition, more than 5600 Invigilators and sufficient number of class-IV staff was also deployed for smooth conduct of the examination.

To ensure transparency and fairness during the examination process, videography of critical events has been done at each centre. Besides, there was one General Observer appointed by the General Administration Department & Chief Inspector appointed by the respective District Magistrates to monitor the examination. Senior officers of the J&K SSB & District Administration are also proactively monitoring the examination, the statement added.

Adequate security has also been deployed at each Examination Centre by the J&K Police for frisking and maintenance of law and order. Six cases of unfair means have been detected so far against whom stringent action has been taken by J&K SSB.

The Chairman JKSSB complimented the role played by all the Deputy Commissioners, SSPs, Staff of JKSSB and of other line departments like School Education, Higher Education, Jal Shakti, Power Development Department, Housing & Urban Development Department and Private Educational Institutions for their support and cooperation for the smooth conduct of examination.  

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