Port Blair, Nov. 20: Common Recruitment Examination for filling up Group ‘C’ vacant posts in various department/ Boards/ PBMC etc. was conducted today across the A&N Islands at 9 Tehsils by the R&E Cell of A&N Administration with the help of Staff Selection Commission, New Delhi. About 39000 candidates had applied online for around 565 vacancies and almost 87% of the candidates appeared for the examination.

Despite various constraints, Administration had made elaborate arrangements at the examination centres located at the far-off Islands to conduct free, fair and transparent examination and to maintain the sanctity of the examination. The Administration used the services of several IAS Officers, DANICS Officers apart from other officers from the local Administration viz. Education, APWD, Police, Forest among others. To rule out any possibility of electronic unfair means, the R&E Cell had for the first time installed jammers at all the examination centres with the assistance of Bharat Electronic Limited, Panchkula.

The Common Recruitment Examination was held after a gap of almost 5 years. This was the reason why such a large number of candidates had applied for these posts. In order to accommodate such large number of candidates, R&E Cell had made arrangements at 64 centers across the Islands. 45 of these centres were located in South Andaman District while out of the rest, 14 were located in N&M Andaman District and 5 were located in the Nicobar District.

During the examination, suitable arrangements were made for the eligible specially abled candidates belonging to Visually Disabled (VH) & Cerebral Palsy (CP) category. Hon’ble Lt. Governor had earlier allowed relaxation of age by 2 years for candidates. There were several other requests from various quarters. Administration tried its best to accommodate them to the extent possible within the frame work of Rules to allow all eligible candidates to have a chance to try their luck at the examination.

The Administration is trying its best to provide opportunity of job to the eligible aspirants of the Islands and fill up the vacant posts. In this regard, it is also taking various initiatives including establishing infrastructure for online examination in the Islands so that examinations could be held frequently for job aspirants and there is no delay in filling up the posts, a press release from Assistant Secretary(R&E) said.