Woh! The government’s recruiting agency Staff Selection Commission (SSC) has continued to hog the limelight. After its northern regional office becoming the first ever ISO-9001:2008 certified government recruitment agency, the SSC has now proposed introduction of a GRE-style walk-in screening test which will be the same for IAS aspirants or those applying for a clerk’s job.
The candidates will be able to take this test as many times as they want, but their score would be valid for two years, according to the proposal. If the government gives its nod, the same test will determine who should apply for a banker’s job and who for IAS, IPS and other Group A and B officers. According to SSC chairman NK Raghupathy, as reported in a section of media, UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) need not even conduct the civil services (preliminary) aptitude test, and some candidates qualifying the SSC-conducted screening test can appear for the civil services mains examinations straight.
As each candidate applies for various jobs and appears in different screening tests, this new system is expected to take away the unnecessary pressure on the recruitment system.
The scores of the proposed system could be utilized for screening candidates for jobs in government departments, PSUs, banks and autonomous agencies etc.
List of 671 officers who fail to declare assets
The government has made public the names of 671 Central Secretariat Service officers who have failed to provide the immovable property returns (IPR) for the year 2009 as yet. The names include officers at the rank of under secretary, deputy secretary, director and joint secretary etc. Earlier media reports have suggested that none other than the Prime Minister himself was very keen on making the names of the defaulters public.
Action and Appointments
a) Rashmi Verma, a 1982 batch Bihar cadre IAS, presently working as joint secretary (Missile Systems), in the department of defence production has been appointed as joint secretary (Land Systems) in the same department.
b) PK Mishra, a 1984 batch IA and AS, presently working as additional financial adviser (joint secretary level) in the ministry of defence (defence Finance) has been appointed as joint secretary in the department of defence production.c) Harpreet Singh, a 1992 batch Indian Postal Service officer has been appointed as director in the department of higher education under the ministry of human resources development.