After doing away with the written examination for the recruitment of constables, the Uttar Pradesh government has now removed the cap of minimum 50 per cent marks in graduation needed to be eligible to apply for the post of sub-inspectors in the state police.
Along with this, the recruitment of women as constables and sub-inspectors would be now done under a separate cadre instead of giving them reservation at a later stage.
The Uttar Pradesh cabinet’s decision on Wednesday becomes the third instance of effecting relaxation in selection norms in the recent past.
These measures are in line with the government’s aim to complete the recruitment of about 35,000 constables and 2,064 sub-inspectors in the next few months, what with the 2017 Assembly elections fast approaching. At the same time, the Akhilesh Yadav government is hoping to reduce the time taken to complete the selection process from the existing two years to six months.
In another change, two marks would be added for every 15-second difference in the run for male candidates and 4 marks for female candidates, which was earlier given for every 8-minute difference. Male candidates are required to cover the 4.8-km-long run in 27 minutes and female candidates 2.4 km in 16 minutes. Male candidates completing the run in 17 minutes would get the entire 200 marks, whereas those completing it in 17 minutes and 15 seconds would get 198 marks )with two marks deducted every 15 seconds thereafter).
Similarly, for female candidates, those completing the run in 16 minutes would get the full marks while candidates finishing the run in 11 minutes 15 seconds would get 196 marks (with deduction of four marks every 15 seconds thereafter).
“There are about 1.35 lakh vacancies in the constabulary at present. The last recruitment, which was started in 2011 for constables, could be completed now with training for about 38,000 of them to start next week. Thus, we are hoping that by making the selection process simple, we would be able to complete the process in six months’ time,” said Principal Secretary (Home) Debashish Panda.
On Tuesday, the state government passed the order doing away with the written examination for the appointment of police constables in the state. Government would prepare the merit list based on the applicants’ marks in Class 10 (100 per cent weightage) and Class 12 (200 per cent weightage). Government plans to select 15 times the number of constables required, which is expected to be about 4 lakh. Those qualified would then appear for the physical examination and the final merit list would be prepared thereafter.
Earlier in September, the government had amended the then-existing norms (for sub-inspectors) of meeting the physical criteria and of clearing the two sets of written examination along with the physical test.
It was then that the government had introduced the requirement of minimum 50 per cent in graduation, which Wednesday’s Cabinet meet decided to do away with. Now, a candidate will only need to clear the physical test followed by a written examination.