For the first time, the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducted the civil services examination (preliminary) in Mysuru.
This year's examination was held across the country, including 11 centres in the city, on Sunday.
Close to 60 per cent of the 4,606 candidates, who had registered, wrote the examination.
The examination was held in two sessions - from 9.30am to 11.30am and 2.30pm to 4.30 pm.
Satyanarayana Gowda, convenor of Jnanabuthi, which offers free coaching for competitive exams, told The Hindu that the move will help a lot of candidates from Mysuru, particularly the poor, who will have to spend money on travel and food if they have to write the examination in Bengaluru.
As per direction of the UPSC, the district administration has instructed candidates not to carry any communication devices like mobile phones to the examination centre. Police will be deployed at the examination centres and candidates will be frisked before appearing for the examination. The district administration has made elaborate arrangements for the examination and has appointed invigilators to check malpractices.