Cuttack: The Odisha Public Service Commission (OPSC) examination for the post of assistant surgeon, which was scheduled to be held on April 25, has been rescheduled for April 28.
Due to the weekend shutdown announced by the State government over rising covid-19 cases, the Commission reportedly decided to defer the examination to Wednesday.
“Recruitment test for Medical Officer (Assistant Surgeon) scheduled to held on 25.04.2021 (Sunday) at 10.00A.M. is now rescheduled A 28.04.202I(Wednesday) at the same in view of shutdown declared for weekend days following latest Covid guidelines,” A notification issued by the OPSC stated.
However, the centre lists as advertised, candidates roll number will remain unchanged except in respect of centre Silicon Institute of Technology, Bhubaneswar.
“The roll nos. which were assigned to Silicon Institute of Technology, Bhubaneswar is now allotted to the Gandhi Institute for Technological Advancement (GITA), Bhubaneswar,” it mentioned.
The candidates have been advised to download “Admission Certificate” and “Instructions to Candidate” from the OPSC website- www.opsc.gov.in.
On the other hand, candidates preparing for the exam have expressed displeasure over the OPSC’s decision to hold the test during the time when the State is grappling with the pandemic.
They have demanded postponement of the exam due to the rising trend in the coronavirus cases.
“We want the exam to be conducted only after Covid-19 cases declined. Various States have also cancelled/postponed competitive and State civil services examinations,” said Kamalaksha Samal, a candidate.
Many candidates have tweeted tagging Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Health Minister and OPSC chairman seeking their intervention in the matter in view of the greater interest of the candidates.
Mohit, a tweetrati stated: “@satyajitips88 sir, situation is so critical that govt is advising patients not to come hospitals if they r not serious to avoid covid risk. on the other hand #opsc is conducting exams n putting thousands of lives at risk to covid exposure. plz postpone.”
Similarly, Dr Elsa mentioned. ” While neetpg got postponed despite exam centres in all cities…#OPSC postponing the exam for 3 days while having exam centres in just 1 city for all the candidates…shows the level of insensibility n lack of empathy of govt for medicos n young docs.”
Another candidate tweeted, “Amidst the alarming rise of #Covid cases, #OPSC should either postpone the OPSC MO exam or make examination centres available in all the cities of Odisha. Conducting exam in only ctc/bbsr will put the candidate at risk.”
Earlier, AIIMS and NEET exams were postponed due to the country-wide covid crisis.