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SAI jobs to those who cleared UPSC prelims

Chetan Chauhan, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, May 08, 2011
First Published: 23:20 IST(8/5/2011) | Last Updated: 23:21 IST(8/5/2011)

Failed to clear the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) civil services examination? Don’t get disheartened. You still have chances of getting a great job in the government sector, provided you cleared the civil services preliminary examination. And, it is the Sports Authority of India (SAI) that has decided to create such an opportunity.

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This week, the SAI called for applications for the post of additional directors in the authority. However, only those who had cleared the UPSC civil service preliminary are eligible.

These are class-1 category jobs and the salary is at par with those who clear civil service exams. Every year, nearly four lakh students apply for civil service examination and half of them appear in the preliminary exam.

About 11,500, who clear preliminary examination, will be eligible to apply for these posts in SAI.

The UPSC calls about 2,000 of these people for personal interviews. And SAI may have to grapple with a huge number of applications as also those who cleared preliminary exams in the past will apply too. 

The SAI’s unique eligibility for filling up the administrative posts is also a typical case of the government’s one arm not knowing what the other is doing.

Sports Minister Ajay Maken has already put on hold a similar exercise being conducted by the youth affairs department, which is a part of the sports and youth affairs ministry.

The department last year had invited applications for appointment of coordinators in over 100 districts for managing the Nehru Yuva Kendras and Youth Clubs. At that time too, the criteria for the class-1 job was the same as SAI has advertised this time.

By the time Maken took charge of the ministry earlier this year, the department had scanned hundreds of applications and decided that only those who have cleared the civil services main examination will be considered. 

Maken’s approval was sought but he kept the decision on hold. He had said that a large number of eligible youth, who may not have appeared in civil services exam, have been denied the opportunity to appear for the interview. However, no final decision has so far been taken.

SAI’s seeking to appoint officials on the basis of this criteria, which has now been almost discarded, has baffled officials in the ministry.

“It is strange that the minister’s views on appointment of youth coordinators were not communicated to the authority,” a senior official said.

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