Govt to put competitive exam rankings online

Govt to put competitive exam rankings online The scores and rankings of the candidates appearing for a competitive examination will all go public through a portal “Integrated Information System for Public Recruitment Agencies” developed by the National Informatics Centre (NIC). An order issued by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) confirmed the government’s approval of this proposal of the Niti Aayog aimed at increasing access of the unemployed to job opportunities.

Earlier in March, Prime Minister Modi had spoken about scores of the candidates to be shared with prospective employers to help them choose quality talent. The move comes nearly 3 months after the announcement.

The scheme will facilitate the candidates with an option to opt out of the disclosure system, with this choice to be made available at the time of filing up the application. Hence, it is clear that the actual implementation of the order doesn’t have retrospective effect, but is applicable on only those examinations for which the forms will be invited in future. The exercise of this opt out scheme during the conduct of examinations has been held by the order as neither practical nor feasible.

There are many recruiting agencies like Union Public Service Commission and Staff Selection Commission to select employees for various government jobs including for prestigious posts likes of Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS), Indian Police Service (IPS) among others. The results of government entrance examinations for engineering and medical colleges are already being used by private colleges for admissions.

The proposed website by the National Informatics Centre (NIC) will have links with various recruiting agency’s own web pages, which will display the details of the recruitment examinations undertaken by the agency in the past one year and the date of announcement of the final results.

Search queries will correspond to the display in details of the candidates along with their ranking and scores in descending order of rankings. Besides, the site will also enable the recruiter to know the category of candidates like General, Scheduled Caste or Minority, or their educational qualifications, ranking, marks obtained, complete address among others.

This act is aimed at boosting hiring, by making the scores online for both public and private sector. Earlier the government and public sector undertakings conducted various recruitment drives which have been used by several other players but the scores were subject to government retention.

Modi had said, “Hereafter, we will make available the results and the candidate information openly to all employers, wherever consent is given by the candidate.” This step according to him will create a positive externality.

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