Uttar Pradesh Police Service Recruitment and Promotion Board has once again failed to fill the 20 per cent quota reserved for women when it declared the list of selected candidates for the post of sub-inspectors last week.
Of the total 3,493 candidates selected, only 261 women — less than 8 per cent, well below the fixed quota — figured in the list, effectively rendering the efforts and provisions to increase the representation of women in the police force in vain. In 2009, as many as 35,000 constables were recruited out of which only 5,382 women (a little over 15 per cent) were selected.
Officials say it is because of “the nature of the job” that girls don’t consider joining police force as a career option.
“If it were for some jobs related to office work, there will be many women applicants. The cut-off for women candidates is less than that for men and they are given relaxation in the physical efficiency test,” said Mohit Agarwal, IG, Recruitment Board.
Even though the Recruitment Board does not keep a separate record for the number of applicants from minorities, an evaluation of the list revealed that only 93 Muslims (of the total 3,493) were selected for the post of civil police sub-inspectors by the Board — a representation of just over 2 per cent for the community which is already under-represented in the police forces.
The recruitment of sub-inspectors, which was initiated in 2011, consisted of five stages. After clearing the preliminary exam, candidates had to go through the mandatory physical test. Shortlisted candidates were then allowed to go through the main written exam of 400 marks, and then a group discussion of 20 marks. The final merit list was prepared and the results declared last week.