Candidates appearing for the preliminary examination of the June 3 civil services will not be issued a physical copy of admit cards but will have to download it and carry a printout with them, the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) said today.
In a list of dos and don'ts for candidates, the Commission said it had uploaded the e-admit cards on its website.
Candidates will have to produce the printout at exam venue
"Candidates are advised to download their e-admit cards and take a printout thereof. The admitted candidates will have to produce the printout of their e-admit card at the allotted venue for... the examination," the UPSC said in the statement.
The list of dos and don'ts by UPSC
In case the photograph is not clear, blurred or not available on the e-admit card, candidates will have to carry to the venue two identical photographs (one photograph for each session).
They need to have proof of identity like Aadhaar card, a driving license, passport or voter ID card and the printout of the e-admit card with an undertaking that the proof was genuine.
Discrepancy in the e-admit should be conveyed to the Commission
"No paper admit card will be issued for this examination," the Commission said in a statement.
Any discrepancy in the e-admit card should be conveyed to the Commission immediately by email (to email@example.com), it said.
Candidates were also advised to take a printout of their e-admit cards well in advance to prevent any last-minute rush or load on the website.
Entry into venue to be barred 10 minutes before test
The Commission said entry into the examination venue would be barred 10 minutes before the scheduled start of the test, that is at 09:20 am for the forenoon session and 02:20 pm for the afternoon session.
Candidates need to carry black-inked ballpoint pens
The Commission added that candidates would not be allowed to sit for the examination at any other test venue than the one mentioned on their e-admit card.
Candidates were also asked to carry black-inked ballpoint pens as they would be "required to fill the OMR (optical mark recognition) answer sheets and attendance list with a black ballpoint pen only", the UPSC said.
No mobile phones and calculators to be allowed
Candidates cannot carry with them mobile phones, pagers or any electronic equipment or programmable device or storage media such as a pen drive, smart watches etc. or camera or bluetooth devices or any other equipment or related accessories either in a working or switched off mode capable of being used as a communication device.
Calculators are also banned inside the examination hall.
Civil services examination is conducted annually in three stages
The civil services examination is conducted annually in three stages - preliminary, main and interview - to select officers for the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS) and the Indian Police Service (IPS), among others.