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Discontinuation of Interview at Lower Level Posts

DoPT Circular on the discontinuation of Interview Group ‘B’  (Non-Gazetted),  Group ‘C’  ,Group ‘D’  (which are now reclassified as Group ‘C’)  and all equivalent  posts.

Department  of Personnel  and Training has issued a circular on the need to  discontinuing interviews for  recruitment for  such junior   level  posts  where personality assessment is not an absolutely necessary requirement.

NO interview for Group C and Group B Non-gazetted posts in Central Government Posts

F .No.39020/09/2015-Estt.B

Government  of India

Ministry of Personnel,  Public Grievance  and Pensions

(Department  of Personnel  and Training)

Estt. B Section

Discontinuation of Interview  at Lower Level Posts

The Prime Minister in his address to the nation on the Independence Day has stressed the need to  discontinue  holding  interviews for  recruitment for  such junior   level  posts  where personality assessment is not an absolutely necessary requirement.

He has called upon the Government Organizations’ to end this practice at the earliest as it will help in curbing corruption,  more objective selection in transparent manner substantially easing the problems of poor people.

He has emphasized that the recruitment should be made on merit basis through transparent, online processes leading to less Government and more Governance.

The Department of Personnel and Training on the basis of recommendations made by the Committee of Secretaries has already taken a decision to discontinue interviews at the junior level posts at Group ‘B’  (Non-Gazetted),  Group ‘C’  ,Group ‘D’  (which are now reclassified as Group ‘C’)  and all equivalent  posts.

All  the  advertisement  for  future  vacancies  will  be  without  the  Interview  as  part  of  the recruitment process.  From 1st  January 2016 there will be no recruitment with interview at the junior level posts, in Government of India Ministries/ Departments/attached Office/Subordinate Office/Autonomous Bodies/Public Sector Undertakings.

The interviews will be done away even in cases where the selections were made purely on basis of performance in the interview.  The Ministries/Departments/Organizations’ will consider revising the scheme for selection or such cases.

As the Skill Test or Physical Test is different from Interview they may continue  However these tests will only be of qualifying nature.  Assessment will not be done on the basis  of marks for such tests.

The decision to discontinue interview for the junior level posts across the country will be major step towards achieving the objectives of citizen centric transparent governance.

The matter has also been taken  up with the State Governments/UTs to  undertake similar exercise,  from time to time.  In this regard letters from Secretary (Personnel) to the State Chief Secretaries have been issued on 4th September 2015 and letters from MoS(PP) to the State Chief Ministers have been issued on 29th  September 2015 and 151   January,  2016.

To facilitate the implementation of the directions  of the Hon’ble Prime  Minister further by the various Organizations/Ministries/Departments/Governments a one day workshop was also organized by the DOPT on 16th November 2015.

Some  of  the  State  Government  have  shared  the  status  in this  regard  with  the  DOPT. The  Summary  of  the  State  Responses  on  the  Discontinuation  of  Interview  is  as follows:

Daman  & Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli No interviews in Group B (non gazetted), C and D posts.
 They have issued a recruitment pattern.
Gujarat  Government  of  Gujarat  has  informed that  the  State  Government  had implemented   the   policy  of   cancellation   of   interview   in  the   direct recruitment,  on the lower level posts.
Haryana No interviews at Group ‘D’  level
Himachal  Pradesh  There is a proposal to discontinue interview for Group C and Group B posts
Jharkhand No interview in ‘D’,  ‘C’, and ‘B’  (non-gazetted)
Karnataka  Government of Karnataka has informed that the State Government has discontinued the procedure of conducting interview for selection to Technical    and   Non-Technical   Posts   in   Group-C   category,   in   the Government.
 Kerala   At present no interview are there for group ‘C’  and ‘D’  posts and even for some of the gazetted posts
Maharashtra  Interviews for the recruitment of the clerks have been discontinued. For Class 2 non-Gazetted,  Class 3 and 4 posts, interviews have been done away. The State Government has taken a decision and issued directions to the effect that the direction of discontinuation of Interview will also be applicable to all State Government undertakings and local bodies.
About 61 % of the recruitment is done without interview.
Manipur  It was informed that the State Government had undertaken the recruitment of Graduate Teachers under the Rashtriya Madhyamik  Sikhsha Abhiyaan (RMSA)  without  conducting  interview. This  measure  was  successfully undertaken and was completely transparent and corruption free.
It was  informed that the second pilot measure  in this  regard is being undertaken by the Health Department.
Puducherry   Notification for discontinuation of interviews for  Group C,  D,   and  non- gazetted Group B has been issued.
Punjab Some of the Departments have already implemented the decision and that there has been no problem with completely doing away with interviews for the posts of SDO in Irrigation Department, Senior Assistant in Secretariat and for a few lower level posts in Agro Industry Department.
Rajasthan  The  representative from Rajasthan informed that interviews have been discontinued in some posts and retained in some of them.
For Class 3/Ministerial staff and Group D/Class 4 level recruitment,  there
have been no interview. Similarly for Constable, there  have been only written test and physical test. The interviews have been dispensed away for all the posts under the Rajasthan Education Service Rules,  1970.
Sikkim   For Group D/Class 4 level posts there are no interviews.  At Group C/111 level, for 90% of posts there are no interviews.
 Telangana Teachers – no interviews
Tamil Nadu The recruitment is done by the following four recruitment boards and the status vis-a-vis conducting the interview is as follows:-
5)  Uniform Services Board- No interview
6)   Medical Services Board- No interview
7)  Teachers Recruitment Board- No interview
8)  Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission (TNPSC) –  has assorted posts in which there is some degree of posts with interviews.
In the State 85% of the total posts do not have interview as a part of recruitment process.
Uttarakhand The state Government has abolished interviews in the group ‘C’  and ‘B’ (non gazetted).
There has been no interview in Class 3/4 levels of posts.
Uttar Pradesh  No more interview for teachers.

Disclaimer: The above status is based on the information provided by the State/UT representatives’ in the workshop held in New Delhi on 16.11.2015 and thereafter.

Download DoPT Circular F .No.39020/09/2015-Estt.B

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