Karnataka: Interviews may be scrapped for Group C & D posts, entry-level medical officers | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: In order to put an end to allegations of irregularities in interviews for Group A & B jobs, the state government has decided to reduce the number of interview marks to a maximum of 5 per cent of total marks prescribed for the competitive exam.
Besides, the maximum number of candidates to be called for an interview has been reduced to three times the number of vacancies from the existing five. For example, if there are 100 posts to be filled, the authorities can call a maximum of 300 candidates.
The government on Tuesday published the draft of the Karnataka State Civil Service Rules 2020 which seeks to amend existing rules to bring in transparency in government recruitment. People can file their objections within 15 days from Tuesday.
The draft rules also seek to do away with interviews for Group C and D posts and in respect of entry-level medical officers, veterinary doctors and engineers.
Currently, different posts have different marks for interviews which many think is the root cause for corruption in recruitment. For example, interview marks are 200 for gazetted probationers posts and there are instances where a candidate who scored low marks in the written exam has managed to get the job by getting the highest marks in the interview.
“The new rule will put an end to this as there will be no scope for manipulation,” said a senior officer of the department of personnel and administrative reforms.
Moreover, if a candidate is given more than 80 per cent or less than 40 per cent of prescribed marks for an interview, the interview panel has to record the reasons.
For recruitment of Group A & B posts, there will be a competitive exam with two papers of 200 marks each. For Group C posts requiring degree qualification, there will be two papers with 100 marks each. Candidates have to secure a minimum of 35% marks in each paper. There will also be a Kannada language test carrying 150 marks and candidates must secure 50 marks to be considered for recruitment.

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