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AP Scraps interviews for all govt jobs

The Andhra Pradesh government has done away with interviews for all recruitments to be done through the state public service commission to fill up vacancies in various government departments. 
 
The state government recently announced that it would hire for 10,143 jobs during the year 2021-22. In the order, the chief secretary said the government had taken the decision to dispense with interviews for recruitments to be done by the Andhra Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC) for all categories of jobs, including for Group-I Services.
 
The decision was taken in an attempt to maintain utmost transparency and in order to ensure complete trust of the competing candidates in the entire selection process. “The order to dispense with interviews is applicable for all the recruitments notified on or after June 26,” the order said.
 
The chief secretary directed the secretary of APPSC to take necessary action in the implementation of the order. In 2011, the erstwhile combined Andhra Pradesh government abolished interviews for filling up of various posts, except for Group-1 services (deputy collector and revenue divisional officer posts etc) and for those posts which were executive in nature and where articulation and public interface was required.
 
After the bifurcation, the government for the residuary Andhra Pradesh in 2016 and 2017 re-introduced the interview system for filling up a few more top positions in the state government.
 
“However, at a review meeting conducted to introduce reforms in recruitment in October 2019, it was proposed to abolish interviews for recruitment of any posts notified by the APPSC,” the chief secretary said, adding that the government, after careful examination of the proposal, decided to implement it from now.
 
However, there are different opinions making rounds. At a time when communications skills have become key to every job existing today, this “no-interview” policy may not test candidates well and also deprive them of improving their skillset further. 
 
While the move may help rural candidates, it may not really help in quality recruitment as it doesn’t allow the government to filter candidates based on life skills and communication skills apart from their test-based merit. This may not bode well for the government in the long term as quality of government employees is already at its worst and this new rule may add to the problem. 

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