More than 24 chairpersons, including Union Public Service Commission Chairman Deepak Gupta, attended the conference.
UPSC chairperson Deepak Gupta said such conferences provide a forum for sharing information in areas of mutual interest and concern. He stressed for developing and strengthening the online examination system to cope up with heavy rush of applicants.
“ Last year, the civil services preliminary applicants numbered 9.5 lakh, which is expected to rise to 12 lakh this year. Perhaps,it may need structural change in the manner and number of papers that are to be part of examinations,” Gupta said.
Gupta said the UPSC had conducted 22 online computer-based recruitment tests in nine cities. “We conducted the structured examination for Combined Medical Services-2014 for 30,204 candidates at 151 venues in 41 cities across the country in one go”.
“In the last two months, we have held workshops with various departments and taking barely 18 to 20 days to clear the RR proposals of the ministries,” he added.
He said the system of online examinations and web-based examinations as efficient and helpful in handling increased workload. The Online examination system is more secure and transparent as a mode of conducting examinations/recruitment tests as it compresses the time between conduct of examinations and declaration of results, he said, while adding that some challenges such as security of data and related infrastructure constraints need to be addressed.
He admitted that the tasks being handled by state commissions had become challenging when it came to maintaining transparency and accountability, besides the integrity of the selection process and the objectivity that will remain to be the test to measure the commission’s performance.
Delay on the part of the ministries was often not highlighted and becoming current was important to ensure that everyone got their promotions on time, he added.