REPORT ON WRITTEN EXAMINATION OF CUSTOMS CLEARING AGENTS FOR ISSUCANCE OF NEW LICENSES UNDER CUSTOMS AGENTS LICENSING RULES
The written examination for Customs Clearing Agents under Rule 93 Para 1 of S.R.O 498(1)/2009 dated 13-06-2009 as amended vide S.R.O. 449 (I)/2011 dated 20th May, 2011 was held simultaneously at Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad on Thursday 14th of February, 2013. Since the question paper was based on Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs), the duration of the exam was of two (02) hours.
Total 330 candidates hailing from Karachi, Quetta and Gwadar applied for the subject examination which was conducted on the premises of the DGTR (Customs), Karachi, Old Customs House, Karachi. Out of 330 candidates 310 appeared for the written examination. The candidates were directed to appear at the examination centre at DGTR (Customs), Karachi one hour prior to the scheduled time for verification of the candidates by the respective staff of the concerned Collectorate i.e. MCC (Appraisement), MCC (Quetta) and MCC(Gwadar).
For the smooth conduct of the exam and keeping the law and order situation during the examination, services of the police department and the staff of the Anti
Smuggling squad of MCC (Preventive), Karachi were utilized. Invigilation staff from MCC (Appraisement), MCC (Preventive) and MCC PaCCS including Deputy Collectors, SPOs, and PAs were also called upon to perform their duties along with the staff of the Directorate General.
Three separate counters were established for the verification of the details and the candidates. The process started at 1000 hrs on 14th February, 2013. Since the number of candidates was huge, therefore, the scrutiny of the documents and the verification of the candidates and proper seating of the candidates on their respective seats took ample amount of time. Therefore, the exam commence at 1215 hrs instead of 1100 hrs.
The Director, DGTR (Customs), along with Additional Collector Licensing, MCC Appraisement were also present on the occasion. The examination sheets were de-sealed in the presence of the Deputy Collectors of MCC PaCCS, MCC Preventive and Assistant Collector Licensing MCC Appraisement by the Chief invigilator.
The Examination was conducted smoothly and no unpleasant incident was witnessed. The invigilation was up to the mark. However, three cases of cheating were reported by the invigilating staff as the candidates were caught using unfair means. The arrangements made by the DGTR (Customs), Karachi were appreciated by the candidates.
After the examination the answer sheets were collected by the invigilating staff and duly sealed in the presence of the above mentioned officers from different field offices.
In order to make the process of assessment transparent the papers were marked in a centralized environment by the officers of different field formation of Pakistan Collector including Additional Collectors, Deputy Collectors, Assistant Collectors along with officers of DGTR (Customs) Karachi.