Applications for civil service jobs increased fivefold in 10 years. This was stated in the 58th annual report of the Public Service Commission submitted to President Bidhya Devi Bhandari today. .
According to a press release issued by the PSC, the number of applicants for civil service jobs rose from 175,122 in the fiscal 2006-07 to 844,297 in the fiscal 2016-17. The PSC said the figures of applications submitted for jobs in security agencies and corporate bodies were not included in this data. .
The PSC received the largest number of applications from five districts of the Tarai - Saptari, Siraha, Dhanusha, Rautahat and Sarlahi. .
The lowest number of applications came from mountain and hill districts - Manang, Mustang, Dolpa, Rasuwa and Terhathum districts. .
The PSC report stated that only 26 per cent applicants who appeared for first phase of examinations held for the posts of section officers, non-gazetted first class posts and non-gazetted third class posts cleared the tests.
Among the applicants who had cleared the first phase of examination for these three types of posts, only one per cent applicants cleared the tests and were recommended for permanent recruitment. .
The PSC said no candidate could clear the tests for 130 posts. In some other posts, only 252 candidates cleared the tests taken for a total of 697 vacancies. The PSC recommended 9,565 candidates for permanent recruitment in the last one year. .
The PSC recommended 4,026 candidates (42 per cent of total recruitment) under reservation quota in the report period. .
The report contains PSC's activities carried out between mid-July 2016 and mid-July 2017, which includes written examination and interviews conducted by the PSC, analytical reports on inclusive recruitment, advice offered to different agencies, activities carried out to introduce reforms and PSC's decisions relating to various complaints. .
The PSC has also incorporated analytical statistics on application trends, district-wise application details, classification of applications on the basis of ethnic groups of the applicants, and age and gender-wise descriptions. The PSC has analysed inclusion policy in a separate chapter. .
The PSC said it started assigning two examiners to examine the papers of those aspirants who have applied for the post of gazetted first and second class non-technical posts. The PSC said it adopted new rules to ensure more fairness and credibility of the examination system. .
The PSC has also endorsed new syllabus for gazetted first class non-technical posts, which, among other things, contains contents relating to moral values. The candidates who clear the written tests are required to make presentation and analyse events. “These reforms will improve the traditional methods of examination and will also prepare grounds for modern examination method known as assessment centre methodology,” the PSC said. .