Mumbai: The Staff Selection Commission has
planned a three-tier selection process based on a single
application for nearly 30 posts, where separate examinations
used to be conducted till now.
On the recommendation of the Second Administration
Commission headed by Veerappa Moily, the proposal to conduct a
single examination based on a single application was approved
by the Department of Personnel and Training last month,
Commission Chairman N K Raghupathy told reporters here today.
The examination would be based on objective type multiple
type question. The Commission is also putting in place a
process for online submission of applications though the
paper-based offline application would be continued this time,
he said. There are also plans to shift to online-testing
platform in three years.
As part of the new scheme, candidates will be advised to
give option, in order of priority, for various group of posts
included in the examination.
The new pattern of examination will reduce the period of
recruitment process from two years to one year, he said,
adding that the introduction of objective multiple choice
questions at the tier II level will do away with the manual
checking of the answer scripts as the answers would be
evaluated through a machine.
The new process would be evaluated after a period of two
years based on feedback from the client departments of the
Government of India, after which, if required, necessary
changes would be effected, he said.
The Commission plans to move to the online testing
platform from 2013 onwards, he said, adding the first online
testing would be conducted for posts where the applicants were
nearly 10,000 to 20,000.
The Commission would fill up nearly 15,000 posts this
year and nearly 20-25 lakh candidates were expected to apply
for these posts, he said.
Various departments of the Central government had started
filling the vacant positions, which had resulted in a
significant increase in vacancies from 6,028 positions last
year to over 15,000 vacancies this year, he said. SSC would
also recruit 10,000 constables for BSF this year, he added.
To a query on alleged skewed representation from various
regions of the country, Raghupathy said percentage wise, the
representation was almost equal. The SSC had done away with
zone-wise selection process after the 1996 Supreme Court
judgement and was conducting selections on all-India basis, he
However, the Commission had sent a proposal for increased
representation to locals in various posts to the government
and the government was expected to take a decision on the
issue this year, he said.
Asked if the Commission would recruit personnel on behalf
of the Railway Board, Raghupathy said, "If the Railway Board
wants us to undertake recruitment, they are welcome."
SSC makes recruitment to Group B posts in the various
ministries/departments of the Central Government and
non-technical Group C posts in various ministries/departments,
except those posts which are specifically exempt from the
purview of the Commission.