Last-minute panic as virus wipes out details of MPSC candidates

Those burning the midnight oil for the Maharashtra Public Service Commission’s (MPSC) prelim exam scheduled on April 7, Sunday, got the shock of their lives when they logged on to the official website to get their hall ticket on Tuesday but were asked to re-register for the exam, starting from scanning their photographs, latest by 5 pm today. Reason? A virus has corrupted the data entered by students for registration. Now, 3.5 lakh students across the state are racing against time to re-register for the exam, the MPSC server is down and students have no clue if they will be allowed to sit for the exam or not.

Chaos online: MPSC candidates at the Competitive Exam Centre are continuously attempting to re-register for the exam scheduled for Sunday but to no avail. Pic/Niranjan Medhekar

One aspirant, Dinesh Mali from Nashik, is in the city since a year to pursue his dream of becoming a Class I officer in the state government. However, Mali, along with over a 100 students lodged at the Competitive Exam Centre (CEC) of University of Pune (UoP) are constantly trying to update their details on the website.

“We had logged on to the website with the hope of getting our online hall tickets. But all we found was the announcement asking us to upload all our details again. With such a rush, those who can’t do it will miss the exam,” said Mali. “We are trying since morning but are not able log into our accounts created on MPSC website. The obvious reason is that there is tremendous load on server as lakhs of students are simultaneously trying to do the same.”

“I am fortunate that I am currently in Pune and can complete the re-registration by tomorrow. But what about thousands of candidates in rural areas who have no access to the internet? How can MPSC expect all candidates to complete registrations in two days?” asked Nitesh Vase, another candidate who is preparing for his second attempt.

“This is not the first time that MPSC is following the online registration procedure. I am also surprised how all the data has vanished from its website,” Prof Arun Dalvi, Director of CEC said. “MPSC introduced the online procedure in 2011. In last three years, as a candidate I have faced lots of problems but this time it’s disastrous,” said Umakant Pardhi, another candidate. 

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