UPSC to allow candidates to withdraw applications; process to begin with ESE 2019
On 27 September, the UPSC released notification for ESE on its official website- upsc.gov.in.
The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has begun the process to allow candidates to withdraw their applications. The process will begin with candidates who applied for the Engineering Services Examination (ESE), 2019, ANI reported.
Addressing an event Monday, UPSC chairman Arvind Saxena said the UPSC's experience with the civil services examination is that roughly 50 percent of the 10 lakh plus candidates who fill in the application forms for the preliminary exams actually write the papers.
The civil services examination is conducted annually by the UPSC in three stages - preliminary, mains and interview - to select officers for Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS) and Indian Police Service (IPS) among others.
"The Commission has to book venues, print papers, hire invigilators and ship the documents for all the 10 lakh applicants - which turns out to be a 50 percent waste of energy and resources," he said on the occasion of the 92nd foundation day celebrations Monday.
Saxena said, "The UPSC's view is that if we are able to work with genuine and serious candidates, we can give them better facilities and make our system more efficient."
"In order to avail this facility, the candidate has to provide details of application," the statement issued by Personnel Ministry said.
Separate One-Time Passwords (OTPs) will be sent on candidate's registered mobile number and e-mail id.
"On successful completion of withdrawal of application, confirmation message will be sent on e-mail and also an SMS. Once application has been withdrawn, it cannot be revived," the statement said.
With a view to reduce the stress for the candidates, the UPSC has brought an increasing number of exam related interactions and transactions online. In this regard, Saxena said the UPSC is also moving ahead with shifting from a 'pen and paper' mode of examination to a computer-based mode.
"Apart from making the examination process more candidate-friendly, the new systems also serves to cut down the time cycle for each examination," he said.
Bearing in mind the aspirations of the youth for better job opportunities, the chairman said that the Commission is now disclosing the scores and ranking of the non-recommended candidates in some examinations on its website and further linking it with the "National Career Services" portal of the Ministry of Labour and Employment.
He said, central ministries and organisations can, conceivably take advantage of this arrangement wherein candidates who have cleared a rigorous screening process in the civil services, engineering services or combined medical services examinations, but could not find a place in the merit list due to constraints of vacancies, can now look forward to being picked up for other government, public sector or private sector jobs, from the same data base.
"The measure should obviate the need for conducting of multiple and separate examinations by different organizations for posts with similar entry level qualifications," Saxena added.
"This will reduce the stress on young job aspirants and also the time taken for recruitment by various bodies," he said.
He also referred to the recent judgment of Supreme Court regarding appointment of DGPs of states as well as the government's proposal of lateral entry into the services. He said these developments have heightened the responsibilities of UPSC.
On 27 September, UPSC had released a notification for ESE 2019 on its official website, upsc.gov.in. The online registration process will conclude on 22 October at 6 pm.
The notification said that candidates can apply for 581 posts in a number of central government departments, such as civil engineering, electrical engineering, electronics and telecommunication engineering.
The preliminary ESE will commence on 6 January, 2019. Candidates who qualify the prelims will be eligible for the mains exam, scheduled for 30 June, 2019.
Candidates — except female/SC/ ST/PH candidates — have to pay a fee of Rs 200. They can either deposit the money at any State Bank of India (SBI) branch or using the bank's net banking facility.
With inputs from PTI
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