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Recruitment: govt to make ‘screening test’ mandatory




Following the controversy over the ‘failure’ of all over 8,000 candidates, who appeared for the written examination for 80 posts of accountants in the directorate of accounts, the state government has decided to come up with a scheme for recruitment wherein preliminary screening test will be made mandatory for the candidates before written examination is conducted for them.

The controversy has erupted after the announcement of the results on August 21, 2018, which declared that none of the candidates out of over 8,000 could pass the written examination held in January 2018.

Sources at the finance department said that now the government will start afresh the process for recruiting candidates for 100 posts of accountants, and the screening test will be made mandatory to all the applicants and only successful candidates will be permitted to appear for the written examination.

The particular screening test will have objective questions and the applicants will have to mark the correct answers with colours, said the sources, adding that the job of paper setting for both the screening test and written examination will be entrusted to Goa Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education.

Interestingly, the directorate of accounts on Friday declared the marks obtained by 8,930 candidates who appeared for January 2018 written examination.

There were two papers each comprising 100 marks for the particular written examination. As per the norms, the candidates should have obtained minimum 50 marks in Paper-I and 60 marks in Paper-II to become eligible for the interview. However, none of the candidate has succeeded in getting the minimum passing marks in both the papers.

As per the list of marks declared by the directorate of accounts, over 700 candidates could obtain more than 50 marks in paper-I, but not a single candidate could score the required minimum 60 marks in paper-II. Interestingly, 84 candidates got zero in paper-II, and in paper-I only one candidate got

As per the information, the directorate of accounts had given the task of holding the written examination to Goa Board. However, it is now revealed that the Goa Board had assigned that job to a Mangaluru-based agency.

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