RPSC’s credibility at stake with continuous delays in exam processes

Rajasthan Public Service Commission (RPSC)

Rajasthan Public Service Commission (RPSC) is the highest authority of the Rajasthan State responsible for conducting various recruitment/ competitive examinations to fill key positions in the several departments under the State Government. In October this year, the Commission had announced that it would be completing the recruitment process for filling as much as 21 thousand posts lying vacant in several departments, however, the statistics say some other story.

Before going deep into the current statistics, it is necessary to know what the RPSC Chairman had said then. RPSC Chairman Lalit K Panwar said that the Commission had completed the recruitment of 21,720 posts by organising 23 different examinations in past one year and is well equipped for filling another 21,047 posts within the period of six months.

The RPSC has overburdened itself with so many pending recruitment processes that has affected its efficiency. The Clerk Grade-II Combined Competitive Exam 2013 for 7,571 posts was conducted on October 23, 2016, and the results are under process till now. The Junior Accountant and TRA 2013 exam for 3,776 posts was also conducted in October this year and results were announced in November, thus provisionally selecting the candidates. Even the recruitment process for 606 posts of Stenographer announced in 2011 is in the final phase. Another exam notified in 2013 – RAS/RTS Combined Competitive Exam 2013 for 990 posts stands complete now as the final result was announced two days ago.

The exam for 1,248 posts of College Lecturer was announced in 2014 and while the results were announced for some subjects in October, the Commission has said that the remaining extended result is under process.

One major exam – State Eligibility Test (SET) has not been conducted by the Commission since past three years, however, for that UGC is to blame. But what the RPSC website reveals here is that the process related to SET notified in 2012 and 2013 got completed in October this year. Another exam for 343 posts of Lecturer (Technical Education) notified in 2014 stands complete.

RPSC Chairman had said in October that the selection of 13,000 candidates as School Lecturers for the Secondary Education Department has been done, the finally selected candidates were asked to fill detailed application form and the process stands complete as of now. The process was notified in 2015.

Now comes the recruitment processes announced in 2016, which includes 6,468 posts under Senior Teacher Grade-II Competitive Exam, 725 posts under RAS/RTS Combined Competitive Exam, 330 posts under Sub-Inspector Combined Competitive Exam and other 74 posts of Head Master, Research Assistant and Assistant Professor. While the number of posts notified in 2016 are quite less than what there should be, the main reason is that the delay in previous year recruitment processes resulted in merger of several posts in the previous notified exams. All the processes stand incomplete as of now and will move on to the next year.

RPSC Chairman
RPSC Chairman, Lalit K Panwar.

RPSC Chairman Lalit K Panwar had said on October 20, 2016, that the credibility and public image of RPSC has been restored mainly because of the team work, but one question that pops in the minds of many aspirants belonging to Rajasthan is “Why the Commission could not complete one recruitment process within standard time duration?“. While the frustration of aspirants is understandable, the recruitment processes mainly get fixed either due to variance in the number of reported vacancies or due to court orders (including Rajasthan High Court and Supreme Court).

Coming to the next year, the reports suggest that the Commission is not in a condition to notify any other fresh examination. Rajasthan Patrika had reported in November that the Commission has not received any notification for vacancies to be filled in the year 2017. The Commission releases the annual examination schedule in the first week of January and if the vacancy report is not forwarded to the Commission soon, it will affect the process for sure.

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