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G.O.MS.No.55 dt.02.05.17-Negative marks in Departmental tests-Pass marks-Amendment

certain changes in the pattern of Departmental tests as detailed under: (a) In respect of objective type papers with multiple choice answers, the wrong answering shall be penalised. For every wrong answer, 1/3 (0.33) of the marks prescribed for the question shall be deducted, unanswered questions will not be taken into account.

                                 GOVERNMENT OF ANDHRA PRADESH
                                                         ABSTRACT
The Andhra Pradesh Departmental Tests Rules, 1965 – Amendment to Rule 17 and Annexure-III of
Rule 20 – Orders – Issued.
                                GENERAL ADMINISTRATION (SER.C) DEPARTMENT
G.O.MS.No. 55                                                                                 Dated: 02-05-2017
Read the following:-
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:1-11-2011.
3. G.O.Ms. No. 288, G.A.(Ser.C)Dept., dated:10-9-2014.
4. From the Secretary, APPSC, Lr. No. 640/DTA/2016, dt:7-9-2016.
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O R D E R:
In the G.O. 1st read above, the Andhra Pradesh Departmental Tests Rules, 1965 were issued.
In the G.O.2nd above, the duration of the examination was reduced from three hours to two hours duly amending Rule 14 (a) (iii) of the A.P. Departmental Tests Rules, 1965. In the G.O.3rd 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 hours except Second Language Test which is of two hours duration
and for Objective Type pattern tests, it was prescribed as two hours duration.
2. In the letter 4th read above, the Secretary, Andhra Pradesh Public Service Commission, has
stated that, the commission decided to bring certain changes in the pattern of Departmental tests as
detailed under:
(a) In respect of objective type papers with multiple choice answers, the wrong answering
shall be penalised. For every wrong answer, 1/3 (0.33) of the marks prescribed for the question shall
be deducted, unanswered questions will not be taken into account.
(b) In view of the introducing negative marks for wrong answering, the minimum marks for
passing of the Tests be lessened by 5% for all the objective type papers. Rule 17 of Departmental
Tests Rules, 1965 is to be amended accordingly that the minimum marks required to pass each test
shall be 35 in each paper instead of 40. In respect of Divisional Test and A.P. Works Accounts
Services examination the minimum pass marks prescribed vide G.O.Ms.No.213, F&P (FW.WA.I)
Dept., dated: 14-6-1984, as 40 in each paper and 45% in aggregates shall be 35 in each paper and
40% in aggregate. However, the Minimum marks required for pass in the Descriptive papers shall be
40 in each paper.
(c) The Secretary, APPSC has informed that in view of the online examination being held, the
registration process of candidature shall commence 90 minutes before the Test Schedule and this is
causing a little difficult for candidates coming to Head Quarters from the corners of the districts for the forenoon session, which is scheduled at 09.00 A.M. The Commission, as such desired to amend Rule
14 (a) (iii) and Rule 20 of the Departmental Tests Rules, 1965 and the re-scheduled test timings are
as under:
Test type
Forenoon Session
Afternoon Session
Objective Papers 
10.00 am to 12.00 noon
03.00 pm to 05.00 pm
Descriptive Papers 
10.00 am to 01.00 pm 
03.00 pm to 06.00 pm
3. Government, after careful examination of the matter, hereby accept the proposal of the Secretary, Andhra Pradesh Public Service Commission and make the following amendments to the Andhra Pradesh Departmental Tests Rules, 1965, issued in G.O.Ms.No.1397, G.A.(Rules) Department, dated:24th July, 1965 as amended from time to time and will come into effect from the next
notification.
AMENDMENTS  In the said rules;
(i) In rule 17, after proviso, the following two provisos shall be added;
Provided that in respect of objective type papers with multiple Choice answers, the wrong answering shall be penalised. For every wrong answer, 1/3(0.33) of the marks prescribed for the question shall be deducted, unanswered questions will not be taken into account.
             Provided that the minimum marks for passing of all the objective type departmental Tests are
reduced to 35 marks instead of 40. In respect of Divisional Test and AP Works Accounts Services examination, the minimum pass marks prescribed vide G.O.Ms.No.213, F&P (FW.WA.I) Deptt., dt.14.6.1984, as 40 in each paper and 45% in aggregates are reduced to 35 in each paper and 40% in aggregate. However, the minimum marks required for pass in the Descriptive Papers shall be 40 in each paper.
(ii) For Annexure-III in Rule 20, the following shall be substituted namely:
 for descriptive type pattern examination:
(a) for the expression “9.00 a.m. to 12.00 noon” wherever it occurs, the expression “10.00 a.m. to 01.00 p.m.” shall be substituted except the Second Class Language Test.
(b) for the expression “2.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m.” wherever it occurs the expression “03.00 p.m. to 06.00 p.m.” shall be substituted except the Second Class Language Test.for objective type pattern examinations:
(a) for the expression “9.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m.” wherever it occurs, the expression
“10.00 a.m. to 12.00 noon” shall be substituted.
(b) for the expression “2.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m.” wherever it occurs the expression “03.00
p.m. to 05.00p.m.” shall be substituted.
(BY ORDER AND IN THE NAME OF THE GOVERNOR OF ANDHRA PRADESH)
Dr. B. KISHORE
SECRETARY TO GOVERNMENT (SER.)
To
The Secretary, APPSC (10 copies) (with covering letter)
All the Departments of Secretariat
All the Heads of Department.
All the District Collectors.
All the Service Sections in General Administration Department.
The Secretary to Vigilance Commissioner, APVC.
The Law Department
The Registrar, High court Judicature at Hyderabad for the state of Telangana and the State of Andhra
Pradesh, Hyderabad.
The Registrar, APAT, Hyderabad.
Copy to:
The PS to the Principal Secretary to Chief Minister
The PS to the Chief Secretary to Government.
The PS to the Secretary to Government (Ser.) SF/SC
//FORWARDED::BY ORDER//
SECTION OFFICER