After it successfully recruited over 35,000 constables through the transparent recruitment process in 2009-2010,the UP Police Recruitment & Promotion Board (UPPRPB) has now been given the task to recruit over 41,000 constables,including those for civil police,PAC and fire services.
The combined recruitment exam will be held for the posts of 35,500 civil police constables,4,033 PAC constables and 2,077 for the fire services.
The board will begin the process of inviting applications through both post and online from July 18. The recruitment procedure will begin in September.
Secretary,UPPRPB,Inspector General (IG) Anil Kumar Agarwal said candidates are expected to be in several lakhs. To avoid the problem of shortage of application forms at the post offices,the board has been given the option to send them online.
He also said that those sending applications online will be receiving SMSes about confirmation of their forms submitted and also about the fee deposited in the bank.
The Akhilesh Yadav government has changed some pattern and rules in the recruitment process this time.
The application form this time will cost for Rs 200 while it came for Rs 50 in 2009.
Unlike in 2009. the applicants will have to take a preliminary written test of 300 marks,which will include questions on general knowledge and current affairs. A candidate has to score 35 per cent marks to qualify for the next step of the recruitment process.
A board official said the preliminary test is being conducted because they are expecting about 20 lakh applications. The board had received over 12 lakh forms in 2009 and over 7 lakh had undergone the tests.
He also said the board had received over 15 lakh applications for a vacancy of 20,000 constables in 2011,the exams for which was postponed. These 15 lakh applicants are eligible to send their applications this time again and do not have to pay for the application form,the official said.
After the preliminary written test,the next step will be the physical endurance test (PET) whose rules have also been changed. Earlier,men had to complete a run of 10 km in an hour while women had to run 5 km in half-an-hour.
Now,men will have to complete 4.8 km in 30 minutes and women have to run 2.4 km in 18 minutes. But those candidates will make their timing better in completing the distance will get full marks while others will get qualifying marks.
The next step in the process will be the main written test.