January 04, 2021: Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission has conducted the TNPSC Group I Examination 2020 on January 03, 2021, in which 49% absent attendance was recorded.
Out of the total candidates who registered for TNPSC Group I Examination 2020, only 1,31,264 appeared for the exam, while the remaining 1,25,690 candidates were recorded absent.
Earlier, Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission has recorded an absent percentage of 30% due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has now been increased to 49% in 2021. The reason behind the absence of 49% of students in recruitment examination was said to be increasing cases of coronavirus, and its restrictions.
Sucharithan, a candidate who appeared for the exam said, “As per the new measures, candidates need to shade answers to all questions. If they don’t know the answer, they have to shade the answer with a known option".
"The commission also allotted additional time to write each of the five options shaded by them for all questions,” she further added.
Applicants were strictly directed to follow COVID-19 safety protocols, along with safety guidelines during the commencement of the examination. Thumb impression on the OMR answer sheet was one of the necessary guidelines which were followed during the exam to prevent malpractices
TNPSC Group I Examination 2020 was conducted to recruit eligible candidates for 66 vacancies available under Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission. Students who have gone back to their respective states due to coronavirus pandemic were unable to attend the examination.
Applicants who appeared for the TNPSC Group I Examination 2020 stated that the difficulty level of development administration questions was considered to be difficult.
On the positive end, the question paper consisted of concept-based questions, which gave students a good lead in the exam, said the managing director of King Makers IAS Academy.
He further added, “Usually, the gap between the number of candidates applied and appeared is 30%. Covid-19 pandemic and long-delay have affected the preparation and confidence of candidates leading to more absentees.”
As the applicant’s quantity has been decreased to 2.5 lakh from 5 lakh registrations, exam center locations, along with covid-19 restrictions have led to absentees, added U Sivabalan, educational head of TNPSC exams at Shankar IAS Academy.
*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.