As many as 1.25 lakh candidates appeared for the TNPSC Group-I service preliminary examination, which was held in 33 centres across Tamil Nadu.
The TNPSC had called for applicants to fill up 25 posts of Deputy Collector, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Assistant Commissioner (Commercial Tax), District Registrar and District Employment Officer categories in Group I services last November. About 1.29 lakh candidates applied for the examination.
This year, the TNPSC changed the selection procedure, included aptitude test in the preliminary exam and added one more General Studies paper in the main written exam.The preliminary exam across the state were video taped and adequate police personnel were deployed at each centre.
In Chennai, about 26,000 students wrote the exam.
P Thangaraj, a native of Coimbatore who lives in Chennai, said, “This year, the Group-I exam gave equal importance to all subjects and the questions were asked in the analysis method like in UPSC.”
R Nataraj, Chairman, TNPSC, who supervised the proceedings at Raja Muthiah Higher Secondary School at Raja Annamalaipuram, said the result of the preliminary exam would be published in March. The main written exam would be held on May 4, 5 and 6.
Meanwhile, the examination in other centres, including Dharmapuri, Tirupur and Udhagamandalam, witnessed a high number of absentees.
In Dharmapuri, as many as 2,790 candidates, including three differently abled persons, sat for the exams. Sources said in the six centres in Dharmapuri district, 4,366 candidates had registered. In Tirupur, 1,189 candidates appeared for the exam at four centres in the district. According to official sources, 2,115 candidates applied for the exam from Tirupur district.
In Udhagamandalam, 285 candidates appeared for the exam held in two centres. A total of 520 candidates were given hall tickets.