The Punjab government is set to recruit 404 doctors in the health department with the aim of strengthening the health system in rural and border areas.
Stating this on Tuesday, a government spokesperson said these appointments would be made through the Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC). Giving details of the vacancies to be filled, he said there were 332 regular and 72 backlog posts. The categories in which they are being employed are: general, ex-servicemen, freedom fighter, sportsperson, visually impaired, hearing impaired, orthopaedically disabled, Scheduled Caste (SC), Balmiki/Mazhabi Sikh, and Backward Class (BC).
The selection process for the posts is through a competitive examination. The exam date is yet to be announced. The last date to apply for these jobs online is April 9; the last date for receipt of the hard copy of the application is April 24.
The spokesperson said the shortlisted candidates would be under probation over a period of two years. Referring to the qualification and experience required for the doctors, he said the applicant should possess MBBS degree and be registered with the Punjab Medical Council or any other body duly constituted by the Medical Council of India.
He said knowledge of Punjabi language up to matriculation or its equivalent was mandatory. He added that the candidates who did not possess this qualification shall have to acquire this qualification within six months of joining service, failing which, their service shall be terminated. The age limit of doctors is below 37 years.