In July last year, BJP MP from Himachal Pradesh Ram Swaroop demanded that the interviews should be stopped immediately as this would help candidates to get justice and be selected solely on merit and not on the basis of political recommendation. In lieu of the same, Himachal Pradesh government, following the footsteps of Modi government to scrap interviews for Class III & IV posts, has issued the notification.
It is after the recommendations of the Central Government that the Himachal Government has finally done away with this procedure where very often those having political links would manage to get full marks in interviews, despite scoring very low in written test.
As per the notification, the meritorious candidates, who are competing for Class III and Class IV government jobs and have no recommendations from a higher-up, can now have a sigh of relief as there will be no interviews for Class-III and IV posts in all departments after May 31. The notification issued by the Department of Personnel clearly mentions that the marks of the screening test, along with academic merit, would be considered for these non-gazetted posts and no interview would be held henceforth.
In case of Class III posts, the written examination will be of 85 marks and the percentage of marks obtained in the qualifying exams to be calculated out of 85 marks. Preference will be given to those belonging to the backward area or notified panchayat, landless family having less than one hectare land and certified by the revenue authority, non-employment certificate where no family members in government job, differently-abled persons with more than 40 per cent disability, NSS (one year)/NCC (certificate holders)/Bharat Scouts or national player, single daughter or orphan, widow/divorced/destitute or single woman and training of six months related to the job applied for.
On the basis of the post the candidate has applied for, the maximum of 2.5 marks will be given for experience, up to a maximum of five years in government or semi-government organization. Similarly, 2.5 marks will be given for the minimum educational qualification as per Recruitment and Promotion Rules. Two marks weightage will be given to those belonging to a BPL family with less than Rs 40,000 annual income.
While in case of Class IV posts, the maximum of 2.5 marks each will be given to those who belong to the BPL category, have nobody from their families in government job or have experience up to a maximum of five years in government or semi-government organization, relating to the post applied for. Those who are from landless families will get two marks and those who are widow/divorcee/destitute or single woman will get 1.5 marks.
In cases where the selection process has commenced but neither the screening test nor interviews have been held, the selection process would start de novo (from the beginning).