Cop recruitment to go biometric in TS

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Hyderabad: Taking a cue from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Telangana State Level Police Recruitment Board (TSLPRB) will use the same system to identify candidates appearing for tests to be conducted as part of recruitment to 18,428 posts. Using a biometric reader linked to a portable tablet, the Board officials will simultaneously collect index fingerprints of both hands of each candidate when he or she appears for the preliminary test.

“We will collect the name, fingerprint and picture of the candidate for creating a database. The database will be useful when the candidate appears again for the physical and final written tests after qualifying in the prelims,” Board Chairman VV Srinivasa Rao said. This method would enable the board in not only fixing the identity of each candidate but also in preventing impersonation. The marks secured in each examination would be tabulated and linked to the database of the candidate concerned.

According to Rao, the Board was using the most advanced biometrics technology recognized by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). It would be able to get fingerprint comparison quickly without any delay.Another advantage of using biometrics was that the Board officials could cross-check the antecedents of candidates before handing over the offer letter to them. “With the help of the Fingerprints Bureau in the State, we will verify the antecedents of candidates,” Rao said.

For physical measurements, the Board has decided to use digital metres for measuring height of each participant. The measurements would be flashed on the computer connected to the main server of the Board once the measurement is read. The computer would freeze the reading once the measurement is completed and there would no scope for modifications, Rao added.