Amaravati: The Andhra Pradesh government on Saturday announced that it was scrapping the interviews for the Andhra Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC) exams under all categories including for Group-I services.

"The government, after careful examinations of the matter, with a view to maintain utmost transparency and in order to ensure complete trust of the competing candidates in the entire selection process, hereby dispense with interviews for all Andhra Pradesh Public Service Commission examinations under all categories including for Group-I services for all recruitments notified on or after the issue of these orders," said Aditya Nath Das, the chief secretary of Andhra Pradesh.

The order is in pursuance of a recommendation by the APPSC to do away with the interviews, which had been decided in its review meeting on reforms in the conduct of examinations held on 18 October 2019. The scheme and syllabi for recruitment by APPSC for various posts and the posts for which interviews are required were enunciated through a government order (103) dated 3 February 1967.

On Thursday, Commission member Salam Babu had said that the selection of Group-I examination candidates for interviews is done in a transparent manner as per the guidelines issued by the Andhra Pradesh Public Service Commission. The comments came after Opposition parties accused the Commission of irregularities.

He had further said that the Commission had the power to change the content mentioned in the notification at any time. "Candidates are selected for the jobs depending on their ability and performance in the exam," he had said, adding, "We are ready to clarify all doubts of the candidates. Revaluation of papers is not done by APPSC and a GO in this regard was issued earlier."

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