The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has decided to conduct the Personality Tests/Interviews for the remaining applicants between July 20 to July 30. Concerned candidates have been suitably informed in advance, the UPSC said.
UPSC was in the midst of holding the Personality Tests (PTs)/Interviews for 2,304 candidates for the Civil Services Examination when the government enforced a nation-wide lockdown. UPSC said that suitable arrangements have been taken while holding this interview round in a bid to address the safety and health concerns of the candidates.
Since the train services are not completely functional, the Commission, as a one-time measure, has planned and decided to reimburse the lowest ‘to and fro airfare’ to the candidates coming for the PTs.
State Governments have been asked to allow the candidates holding e-Summon Letters for PTs to move in/out of the containment areas so that they can attend the same. The Commission is leaving no stones unturned to help them, indeed they are helping the candidates with their lodging and transport requirements.
As per the Commission, all candidates are being provided a ‘Sealed Kit’ comprising of a face mask, face shield, a bottle of sanitizer and hand gloves.
Since the Interview Boards usually consist of senior advisers, the Commission has taken all precautionary and safety measures for contactless PTs in order to shield the interviewers and the interviewees appropriately. The Commission’s staff include in the conduct of the PTs would also be equipped with suitable protective gear.
Thus, arrangements have been made for regular sanitization of all the rooms, halls, furniture and equipment. Seating arrangements for the candidates at all venues will make sure of practicing social distancing. Moreover, protocol or guidelines to be followed by the candidates while appearing in the interview have been notified to them, the commission said.