The Maharashtra Public Service Commission's (MPSC) State Service Preliminary Examination 2013 will now be conducted on 18 May, 2013 all over Maharashtra. Earlier, it was scheduled to be held on April 7, 2013.
The exam was postponed due to the fact that a computer virus had reportedly attacked the MPSC's main server less than a week before the exam. This resulted in a huge damage of wiping out of all data of around 3 lakh candidates, who were to appear for the MPSC exams.
On April 3, 2013, the Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan has said that Maharashtra Public Service Commission (MPSC) exams would be held on April 7, 2013, as scheduled across the state. Also, the MPSC had asked all candidates to login and refill their profile (Name, Date of Birth, Reservation details and Centre etc.) by 5.00 pm. on April 4, 2013 to get their Admission Certificate (admit card) for the examination.
However, most candidates were unable to login to the MPSC server in rural areas. Candidates had to struggle with 16-18 hours power cuts, which prevented them from filing their details. In many urban areas, candidates not having computers have spent all night in cyber cafes trying unsuccessfully to resubmit their data.
Sources have informed that the matter was raised in the state legislature where the Opposition has demanded rescheduling of the examinations in view of the technical problems. Besides, till date, around 38,000 candidates have not yet been provided their details and the MPSC has asked them to submit them immediately.