A total of 6,866 candidates will take the preliminary civil service examinations at 21 centers in Ludhiana on Sunday.
The exam will be conducted in two shifts – 9:30-11:30 am and 2:30-4:30 pm and all candidates will be required to appear for both shifts.
Four centers were scored at SCD Government College, Civil Lines, and two each at Gujranwala Guru Nanak Khalsa College, Civil Lines; Khalsa Women’s College, SRS Government Polytechnic College and Government Girls College, Rakh Bagh.
At GCG, Rakh Bagh, one of the centers is for visually impaired candidates; locomotor disability or cerebral palsy
Also, SDP College for Women, Daresi Road; Devki Devi Jain Memorial College for Women, Kidwai Nagar; Ramgarhia Girls College, Miller Ganj; Arya College (boys), Civil Lines; DAV Public Police Academy, Civilian Lines; Guru Nanak Dev College of Engineering (MBA Block), Gill Park, Gill Road; Nankana Sahib Public School, Gill Road; DCM Presidency School, Urban State, Jamalpur and RS Model Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar each have a single examination centre.
Aditya Dachalwal, joint commissioner for municipal corporations, said the local government is fully prepared to organize the UPSC exams. “All necessary arrangements have been made at all 21 centers and guards, inspection teams and supervisors will be deployed to ensure there are no disturbances. Students will not be physically searched, but no electronic devices will work inside the centers as jammers have been installed in all of them, Dachalwal said.
Officials have also called for the deployment of additional police forces to all exam centers during the ongoing Operation Bluestar anniversary week. A senior administrative official said Ludhiana police provided them with full cooperation and security.
Per UPSC guidelines, candidates must arrive at the center at least 40 minutes prior to the exam time. Additionally, it is mandatory to wear face masks and contestants were asked not to carry any electronic items, including cellphones and smartwatches. Simple watches will be allowed inside the centers.
Candidates should bring printouts of their admission cards along with original and valid photo IDs like aadhar card, passport and voter ID card. A black pen should be used to complete the OMR and attendance sheet.
A senior official said that not all enrolled students pass the exam, and furthermore, many students drop out of the second afternoon exam if they are not satisfied with their performance in the first.