Reforms in AP Govt Recruitments: Interviews to be cancelled for all the exams!!
Prelims for posts with more candidates
The government had earlier decided to cancel the prelims examinations for all categories of posts except for Group-1 Posts. However, with millions of applications coming in for some posts, some exceptions have been made due to problems in determining merit candidates. The candidates will be selected through a single examination without any prelims except for the posts with huge number of applications . In addition, interviews for all posts, including Group-1, were completely removed. Under the previous government, they did injustice to the deserving in the name of interviews. Irregularities have surfaced with all the boards headed by the APPSC chairman. This was completely abolished and interviews were conducted with multiple boards for some of the posts in the notifications given earlier. Different chairmen were appointed to the boards. Following the cancellation of interviews for all posts including Group 1, the Commission is working on alternative approaches to assess personality and administrative efficiency in the selection of candidates for AP State Service cadre posts.
Tab-based questionnaire in Mains
The TDP government has made prelims mandatory for all categories of posts, including Group 1. Previously the selection of candidates in the ratio of 1:50 from Prelims to Mains was canceled and changed to 1:15. This has cost thousands of unemployed candidates. The YS Jagan government changed this policy after coming to power and reintroduced the 1:50 ratio to benefit the unemployed. In Group 1 Mains on the other hand the tests were conducted through tab based questionnaires. As a result, all the candidates received the question paper at once and no such thing as leakage was allowed. APPSC has undertaken a digital evaluation to avoid manipulation. This will bring transparency as well as justice to those who deserve it.
Negative marks canceled:
With the introduction of negative marks by the previous government in the departmental examinations conducted by APPSC, the employees who wrote the examinations for promotions and other purposes have lost out. When the YSSRCP government came to power, it canceled the negative marks in the examinations.
Maximum age limit extension for SC, ST, BC
Orders were issued extending the five-year relaxation for SC, ST and BC candidates from the maximum age limit for government jobs. The relaxation period for these categories expired in May 2021. The government has extended the age limit relaxation till May 31, 2026 without any hassle for these candidates as new job notifications are coming out.
The previous government had disqualified reserved category candidates for open category posts by restricting them to those category posts if they availed the benefit of their reservation especially the age limit exemption. This has caused immense loss to SC, ST, BC, women as well as all the reserved category candidates. The TDP government ignored complaints to the National SC, ST and BC Commissions. Now the YSRCP government has benefited the reserved category candidates by determining them eligible for open category posts if they top the merit even if they avail the benefit of reservation.
It is known that the Central Government has enacted a law in 2018 reserving ten per cent quota of government jobs for the economically backward sections (EWS). During the TDP regime, notifications were issued without mentioning the quota issue, which was unfair to the youth of those communities. It was declared legally invalid as orders were issued contrary to the rules that 5 per cent of the more than ten per cent quota was reserved for farmers. This caused severe loss to the unemployed. APPSC has taken steps to implement the EWS quota as directed by the present Government. The EWS quota has been included in new notifications.