Following Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s suggestion of doing away with the practice of holding interviews for appointment to junior level posts, the Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT) has initiated a serious exercise for identifying posts for which interview for selection can be discontinued.
Presiding over a meeting of Principal Secretaries of General Administration Department (GAD)/Personnel from different states and union territories here on Tuesday, Minister of State Jitendra Singh said a communique in this regard has been sent to various state sovernments, state public service commissions and staff selection commission.
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Singh said the government would soon identify all those posts, particularly at junior level like Group III and IV, where an interview is avoidable and will stop this practice.
“He said that for a post for which an interview is not necessary to determine the capability of a candidate, the provision of interview sometimes leads to scope for manipulation, manoeuvrability and corruption,” the DoPT said in a statement.
“Therefore, barring such posts where an interview would help in testing special capabilities for a particular assignment, abolition of the provision of interview will not only be in larger public interest but would also offer a level playing field for even those of the candidates who lack resources and come from lower socio-economic strata,” the minister said.