Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has decided to share online the scores of candidates taking competitive exams for jobs in the bureaucracy, police, engineering and others under its umbrella. This is part of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s proposal to boost hiring by the private sector on the basis of the UPSC Exam Score.
Annually, UPSC puts nearly 10 lakh job aspirants through a rigorous selection process to select 5,000 candidates for different jobs. For the remaining 99.5 per cent that lose the chance for a government job at any selection procedure, the test scores don’t mean anything fruitful.
The Commission has decided to disclose information like marks obtained and educational qualifications of candidates who appeared in the final stage of examination (interview) but were “not recommended” in premier services such as the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), the Indian Foreign Service (IFS) etc, it said.
The publicly available scores will act as a useful database to Prospective recruiters from the private sector to identify good, employable candidates, UPSC has said.
These details will be linked to the Integrated Information System for Public Recruitment Agencies — a dedicated website being developed by the National Informatics Centre (NIC). The scores would be valid for one year.
The UPSC says it will start doing this for every public recruitment examination from this month. There will be a provision in the application form so candidates can either opt in or out of the disclosure scheme.
Candidates taking tests for recruitment to the armed forces and those applying for limited departmental competitive examinations and the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) will not be covered under the disclosure scheme.
“Necessary instructions to the candidates about the disclosure scheme will be provided in the Commission’s notice of all the examinations covered by this scheme,” it said.
The central government had last year approved a Niti Ayog proposal to make scores and ranking of candidates in recruitment examinations available through a portal for increasing access of the unemployed to job opportunities.
The move had come after Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in March last year that scores of candidates taking competitive examinations will be shared with prospective employers to help them choose quality talent.
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“The government and public sector undertakings conduct a number of recruitment examinations. So far, the scores in these examinations have been retained by the government. Hereafter, we will make available the results and the candidate information openly to all employers, wherever consent is given by the candidate. This will create a positive externality,” Modi had said.
As per the NIC proposal, each recruiting agency will develop its own web page for the details of the candidates who have appeared in the final stage of examination but were not recommended. Details like name, date of birth, category (whether SC, ST or physically handicapped) educational qualifications, total marks obtained in the written examination and interview based on which merit is formed, address, e-mail id and mobile number etc details will be made online for other recruitment agencies.
Results of government entrance examinations for engineering and medical colleges are already being used by private colleges for admissions.
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