Amaravati: Andhra Pradesh government has taken yet another decision that made job aspirants happy. There will be no interviews for jobs hosted by the Andhra Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC) from January 2020. Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy asked his officials to do away with interviews in service commission selections.
The Chief Minister conducted a review meeting with service commission officials on Thursday. He asked them to maintain transparency in the examinations conducted for recruitments. Jagan directed officials to prepare a calendar for recruitment, which should be followed scrupulously.
The CM advised officers of the commission to take the technical help of IITs and IIMs in conducting the examinations effectively. He instructed them to give priority to emergency departments in filling vacancies.
It should be mentioned here that there were no interviews for the recently-filled village secretariat jobs. The entire process for filling up 1.26 lakh jobs was conducted within two months. There were allegations reported in some newspapers, but the government remained undaunted. It successfully started village secretariats in many parts of the state. According to officials, 80 per cent of the secretariats will start functioning by the end of November 2019.
The job aspirants of the state felt very happy with the decision of the state governments. “As there are no interviews, the recruitment will be solely based on the merit in the examination. It is a welcome move,” said T Nagamani, a postgraduate who is preparing for state government jobs.
“I can’t see any merit in interviews,” said Santosh. He did MTech and is working as a lecturer in a private college. “When a candidate gets the highest marks, what is the purpose of interviewing him? A written test can decide the ability of the candidates,” he opined.
However, Tirumala Rao, a government college lecturer, has differed with the decision. “A gazetted rank officer should have some abilities to perform his duties. A candidate can secure better marks with rote learning. The administrative competence can be assessed in interviews,” Rao felt.