Marriage is a significant moment in a woman’s life. She migrates into a different world to embrace multiple roles: wife, homemaker, daughter-in-law, and mother. Imagine a bride-to-be in Indian society focusing on clearing her Talati exams immediately after completing her pre-marriage rituals, which included Ganesh Sthapna and Pithi ceremony.
This is the heart-warming story of Vadodara’s Falguni Parmar who, dressed in traditional attire, reportedly travelled to Dahod to appear for the examination.
“Marriage is an important occasion of life, but education and career too are equally important to achieve one’s goals. For me, both are equally important and hence immediately after completing pre-marriage rituals I reached the exam centre,” Falguni (24) was quoted as saying by a national daily.
Her maternal uncle Kamlesh Parmar told the media house, “We supported and gave her all the love. She is good at studies and wants to do a government job. We completed the pre-marriage rituals early so that she can reach the exam centre on time.”
Over the years, the Talati Mantri exams, conducted by the Gujarat Panchayat Service Selection Board (GPSSB), are seen as a pivotal point for those aspiring for careers in the state’s administration. Held to fill various vacancies of the Village Panchayat Secretary, clearing the concepts sharpens candidates’ skills to crack competitive exams.
On Sunday, around 74,000 students from South Gujarat and other parts of the state appeared for the Talati examinations in around 216 centres. The students, especially those from different cities, were seen camping at their centres since six in the morning while the locals turned up around 10.00 AM. The examinations started at 12.30 pm and ended at 1.30 pm.
Due to the recent cases of paper leak and cheating, Harsh Sanghavi, Minister of State (MoS) Home, ordered strict vigil at the centres. Security personnel deployed by the Gujarat Police frisked students thoroughly. High-megapixel CCTV cameras were installed at every centre. At several centres, students had to enter the exam halls barefoot to curb the menace of cheating. Removal of shoes and screening candidates through videos and photos were some of the practices implemented this year.
At Gujarat College, a strong room was created to hand over the question papers to the supervisor a couple of hours before the exam. The Ellisbridge police engaged one sub-inspector and six policemen to maintain a vigil on the strong room, claimed a report.
The Railways ran special unreserved trains to assist students. Extra coaches were attached to several trains to help students reach the examination centres on time. According to another report, nine additional trains were put on track while Gujarat State Road Transport Corporation (GSRTC) ran special buses for the candidates. Two trains for Palanpur and one from Bhavnagar to Gandhigram were operated.
The results are expected to be out next month. Some of the examinees claimed the paper was lengthy with a medium level of difficulty.