Shimla: To take a final call on the cut -off marks for the State Eligibility Test (SET) 2013, the meetings of Moderation Committee and Steering/ Advisory Committee of Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (HPPSC) held here today.

HPPSC Chairman K.S. Tomar presided over the meeting, in which members shared their views relating to cut-off marks concerning the nineteen subjects which fall within the purview of SET Examination, as per the norms fixed by the UGC. This examination was held earlier in November 2013.

The Steering / Advisory Committee approved the result of SET examination 2013 as per the cut-off marks decided by the Moderation Committee. It deliberated on the enhancement of examination fee to be charged from the candidates appearing in the SET examination with effect from 2014. The Committee decided to charge Rupees 700/- for the General category candidates and Rupees 175/- for all other reserved category candidates. However, Ex-Serviceman, Blind and visually impaired candidates of the State have been exempted from the increase of the fee.

The Committee also approved issues relating to the advertisement for inviting applications to conduct the SET examination 2014, besides approving the syllabus and examination centers for holding examinations.

Tomar stated that issues pertaining to relaxation to the students of small States like Himachal Pradesh to permit all the candidates who obtain 50% marks in State Level Eligibility test would be taken up with UGC.

Dr. Suresh Kumar, Dean of Studies H.P University, Dr. Vijay Singh Thakur, Vice Chancellor Dr. Y.S. Parmar University of Horticulture & Forestry, Nauni, Manjusha Pathania OSD in the Directorate Higher Education, Prof. P.K. Ahluwalia, H.P University, Prof. M.M. Gupta, Punjab University, Dr. C.K. Oberoi, H.P K.V. Palampur, Dr. Surender Singh, Member Secretary U-CAT, Prof. S.K. Maanju, UGC U-CAT Nominee, Dr. Krishan Kumar, UHF, Nauni, Solan, besides Dr. R.N. Batta, Secretary of HPPSC and Trilok Singh Chauhan, Member Secretary SET Examination, attended the meeting.