Options aplenty for government job aspirants

By: R. Ravikanth Reddy

Government job aspirants can pick and choose the most suitable job from the comforts of their home, with the Telangana State Public Service Commission (TSPSC) all set to introduce web option facility similar to what engineering aspirants currently enjoy.

In the new system, the TSPSC will display the selection list of candidates after the interview along with the jobs in various departments they have applied and qualified for. Based on their merit rank, caste and zone, and along with the choice candidates give, the computer will throw up the best job available.

“This will reduce manipulation at the final level where best departments are given for the near and dear ones or those who are ready to pay money for the best job,” a senior official involved in the process said.

The web options facility will be opened up for the first recruitment to be done by the TSPSC that has already conducted exams for about 4,200 vacancies in various departments so far through eight notifications since it came into existence a year ago.

The TSPSC Chairman Ghanta Chakrapani confirmed this, explaining that the idea is to root out any scope for manipulation or nepotism even after the final selection. Most candidates end up getting placed in a department not their choice or zone.

Though Telangana is a new State, it still has to follow the zonal system due to existing Presidential Order. Telangana now has two zones while the combined State had five zones.

For example, the recently conducted Assistant Executive Engineers (AEE) exam was to fill up vacancies in five different departments – Panchayat Raj, Rural Water Supply, Roads and Buildings, and Public Health and Municipal Engineering Departments.

Selected candidates can now choose the department they wish to work for followed by other choices along with the zone they wish to get employed in. Moreover, they can also claim the job in the open category or the reserved category.In the old system, they had to give preferences on paper where tampering and manipulation was quite prevalent, but now their job will be decided by their rank and their choice. “Some candidates used to pay huge sums to get into some ‘lucrative’ departments and more so to be in the best zone,” an official unwilling to be quoted said.

Prof. Chakrapani said that the Commission already has the entire data of each candidate who appeared for the exams along with other details collected through the bio-metric system.

This data will also be used for verification when candidates give their zone and departmental preference.

Source: The Hindu

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