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MPSC introduces objective questions for English, Marathi papers

Candidates appearing for the Maharashtra Public Service Commission (MPSC) can rejoice as the question pattern for English and Marathi language subjects will change from descriptive to objective type.

MPSC chairman V N More said besides the desire to follow the current exam pattern, shortage of manpower and experts to correct answer sheets of a descriptive nature had forced the commission's hand in making these changes.

Candidates and experts have said the change will make the examination easier to attempt. The change will be effective from next year. Each paper will carry 50 questions and the papers will be of 100 marks each.

 At present, there are six papers including General Studies - Paper I, II, III and IV and English and Marathi language subjects. While the General Studies papers have objective questions, the English and Marathi papers are traditional with descriptive type questions.

More said, "In keeping with the modern trends in examination pattern, we decided to change the nature of language subjects papers as well and adopted objective type questions. The change will be effective from 2016 examinations."

More said the candidates will have to score a minimum of 40% marks to clear the paper. "Finding experts for assessment of answer sheets is becoming a challenge. Also, assessing such answer sheets is time consuming. Adopting this exam pattern will also help us to announce the results early."

The commission depends on teachers of various universities in the state for assessment work but More said that many universities give a cold response so the commission has to manage with whatever manpower they get from the universities.

About three to four lakh candidates appear for the examination and close to 400 teachers in the form of subject experts are required to assess these papers. "We do not always get these subject experts in desired numbers which also delays the exam results. Making the language paper objective will help in many ways, as a result," More said.

S K Sinha, former chairman of the commission, said that it was a good move to change the pattern of question paper. "The move will also help in judging candidates in a level-field as some candidates would be good at descriptive answers while some may have other skills. So this pattern of assessing will not be unfair to any candidate."

Sinha also said that assessment of descriptive type answers also depended a lot on the assessor and his/her judgement. Some may be lenient while some might be strict while assessing this type of questions.

Pradnyesh Pawar, an aspirant, said, "The biggest advantage of introducing objective-type question is that we will save time while attempting the paper. In descriptive-type questions we don't really know how much is enough. A lot also depends on the assessor. So, objective questions are always easier."
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