The exam for Gurukul Postgraduate Teachers (PGT) in Telangana was delayed by two hours on Monday due to a technical problem. This caused protests by candidates at some places. Thousands of candidates were waiting outside the exam centers since early morning.
The English exam for recruitment of PGTs in Telangana residential educational institutions was supposed to start at 8.30 a.m. at all online exam centers. However, candidates were not allowed in at the scheduled time. The staff informed them that the exam was delayed due to a technical problem with the server.
Candidates were frustrated as the exam had not started even after 10 a.m. They had arguments with the staff and police officers at the exam centers. Candidates complained about the inconvenience caused by the delay, especially for those who had traveled from other districts to write the exam.
At one exam center in Hayathnagar, candidates staged a protest by sitting on the road, causing a traffic jam. Finally, candidates were allowed into the center around 10.30 a.m. and the exam started at 10.45 a.m.
The delay is a concern for candidates as it will impact two other exams scheduled for the day. The physical science exam is scheduled for 12.30 p.m. and the biological science exam is scheduled for 4.30 p.m. Authorities may postpone these exams.
The Telangana Residential Educational Institutions Recruitment Board (TREIRB) has been conducting exams since August 1 for 9210 posts in nine categories. Over 2.66 lakh candidates have applied for these exams. Today, exams are being conducted for the recruitment of 1,276 Postgraduate teachers, along with other positions such as trained graduate teachers, lecturers, and librarians.
The exams will conclude on August 23. Many candidates who are applying for multiple positions have complained about being assigned exam centers in different districts from their native districts.