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Friday, September 25, 2020

Negitive marks removed from Departmental Tests

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The Andhra Pradesh Departmental Tests Rules,1965–Amendment to Rule 17–Orders–Issued

నెగటివ్ మార్కులు ప్రవేశపెట్టడానికి ముందు, కనీస పాస్ మార్కులు ఉండేవి 40%, ప్రతికూల మార్కులు ప్రవేశపెట్టిన తరువాత మరియు అది 35% కి తగ్గించబడింది.కనీస అర్హత మార్కులు తగ్గినప్పటికీ, ఉపాధ్యాయులకి ఆన్‌లైన్‌లో పరీక్షలు మరియు ప్రతికూల మార్కుల వలన ఉత్తీర్ణతా శాతం చాలా తక్కువగా ఉంటుంది.

Depart mental test  నెగటివ్ మార్కుల విధానాన్ని రద్దు చేస్తూ  ఉత్తర్వులు విడుదల ఇకపై  ఇవ్వబోయే నోటిఫికేషన్ ద్వారా జరిగే పరీక్షలకు 40మార్కులకు పాస్ . నెగెటివ్ మార్కులు లేవు మే2020 కొరకు ఇప్పటికే ఇచ్చిన నోటిఫికేషనుకి ( ఈ పరీక్షలు వాయిదా పడ్డాయి) ఈ మార్పు వర్తించదు ఇకపై జరిగే వాటికి వర్తిస్తుంది. కనుక అభ్యర్ధులు గమనించగలరు.

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1. G.O.Ms No.1397, G.A.(Rules) Dept., dated 24-7-1965.

2. G.O.Ms. No.602, G.A.(Ser.C) Dept., dated 01-11-2011.

3. G.O.Ms. No.288, G.A.(Ser.C)Dept.,dated10-9-2014.

4. G.O.Ms. No.55, G.A.(Ser.C)Dept., dated 02-05-2017.

5. From the Secretary, APPSC, Lr. No.459/DT/2019, dt.17-10-2019.

6. From the Secretary, APPSC, Lr. No.130/RR/2017, dt.03-09-2020.



In the G.O. first read above, the Andhra Pradesh Departmental Tests Rules,1965 were issued. In the G.O. second above, the duration of the examination was reduced from three (3) hours to two (2) hours duly amending Rule 14 (a) (iii) of the said Rules, 1965. In the G.O. third read above, Rule 14 (a) (iii) and Annexure-III of Rule 20 were amended prescribing the duration of the tests of Descriptive type pattern as three (3) hours except for the Second Language Test which is of two (2) hours duration and for Objective Type pattern tests, it was prescribed as two (2) hours duration

2. In the G.O. fourth read above, among others, the negative marking system was introduced in Departmental Tests conducted by the APPSC from November 2017 onwards duly amending the Rule 17 of the Andhra Pradesh Departmental Tests Rules, 1965. In terms of the orders, for every wrong answer, 1/3rd (0.33) of marks prescribed for the question shall be deducted, unanswered questions will not be taken into account, and also passing marks are lessened by 5% in all Objective Tests i.e., 35 marks instead of 40. In the case of the Divisional Test and A.P. Works Accounts Services examination, the minimum pass marks are reduced to 35% marks in each paper and 40% in aggregate instead of 40 marks and 45% respectively.

In the letters fifth and sixth read above, the Secretary, Andhra Pradesh Public Service Commission has stated that the Commission has received many representations including from public representatives and teacher associations requesting for removal of negative marks in Departmental Tests to ease the burden on employees and to alleviate the stress that they have to undergo over non-release of increments and non-acquisition of promotions. He has, therefore, requested the Government to remove the negative marking system and delete the provisions added to rule 17 of Departmental Tests Rules, 1965 issued vide G.O.

fourth read above, on the following grounds:

Prior to the introduction of negative marks, the minimum pass marks were 40% which, after the introduction of negative marks and it was reduced to 35%. In spite of the reduction in minimum qualifying marks, the introduction of tests on-line and the introduction of negative marks have had an adverse effect on the candidates. Most of them are getting on in age and are denied

their promotions or increments because of their failure to clear the tests.

A Study of the pass percentage relating to the Departmental Tests prior to and after the introduction of negative marks shows the drastic decline in pass percentage, especially in the case of combination tests. As per the law of averages, the pass percentage has declined overall (average is taken on 3 sessions without negative marks and 5 sessions with negative marks), even after a reduction in minimum qualifying marks.

No such procedure exists in the States of Telangana, Tamil Nadu, and Karnataka.

Government, after careful examination of the matter, hereby remove the negative marking system in Departmental Tests conducted by the Andhra Pradesh Public Service Commission duly restoring the minimum pass marks as fixed earlier and make the following amendments to the Andhra Pradesh Departmental Tests Rules, 1965, issued in G.O. first read above as amended from time to time and it will come into effect from the next notification.

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