HT Image
HT Image

Change UPSC interview process: panel

A panel believes that current practice of conducting interviews separately for general, OBC, SC and ST candidates may prejudice the interview board, reports Vikas Pathak.
By Vikas Pathak | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 12, 2008 01:06 AM IST

A parliamentary panel believes that the Union Public Service Commission’s (UPSC) current practice of conducting Civil Services interviews separately for general, OBC, SC and ST candidates may prejudice the interview board against candidates belonging to reserved categories.

“We are studying the report of a recent seminar in Madras University and will forward it to the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) and the UPSC. Many reserved category candidates have complained that segregation by category prejudices the board against them. The candidates should be called alphabetically or in order of merit and not by category. The board should assess candidates on performance alone and not on category,” E.M.S. Natchiappan, chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and Justice told Hindustan Times.

The Chennai seminar report says: “A member of the interview board knows whether the interview is conducted for OC, OBC, SC or ST category. Conducting interviews separately on communal order might lead to a prejudiced opinion among the members of the Board, especially towards candidates belonging to OBC, SC and ST.” The report also suggests video recording of all interviews, which is expected to make the board more sensitive while dealing with students from marginal groups and enable authorities to counter-check whether candidates were correctly judged.

A random sample survey of interview marks of candidates from different categories done by some OBC bureaucrats shows that general candidates perform better than reserved candidates in the interview. The average difference between the general and OBC candidates’ interview marks is five per cent while the over-all difference in the Mains cut-offs of the two categories is less than one per cent. Similarly, between general and SC candidates, the overall Mains cut-off difference is about two per cent but the average difference in interview marks of the sample candidates is eight per cent. This, many reserved category bureaucrats say, is evidence of the bias at play during interviews.

Moreover, while 29 per cent of the general candidates in the sample scored more than 200 — out of a maximum of 300 — in the interview, only three per cent OBCs scored above 200.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
app
Close
Farmers in Uttarakhand's Bazpur at a meeting to fine tune their protest.(HT PHOTO)
Farmers in Uttarakhand's Bazpur at a meeting to fine tune their protest.(HT PHOTO)

3,000 farmers from Uttarakhand to drive their tractors to Delhi to join protest

PUBLISHED ON JAN 19, 2021 05:57 PM IST
  • The BKU said committee will tour US Nagar district to ensure farmers participation with their tractors in Delhi on Republic Day .
Close
Union minister Prakash Javadekar said Rahul Gandhi’s reluctance to answer questions shows he has no answers to give. (ANI Photo)
Union minister Prakash Javadekar said Rahul Gandhi’s reluctance to answer questions shows he has no answers to give. (ANI Photo)

Rahul Gandhi has preferred to run away rather than answer questions: Javadekar

PUBLISHED ON JAN 19, 2021 05:35 PM IST
  • The BJP leader said the Congress is not interested in resolving the issues pertaining to the farmers and Gandhi’s media address a day before the government and the farmers’ meet shows that the party does not want the talks to be successful.
Close
Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla. (ANI)
Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla. (ANI)

Budget session: MPs to undergo Covid-19 test; arrangements made for families, staff

UPDATED ON JAN 19, 2021 05:41 PM IST
RT-PCR tests will be conducted at the Parliament House on January 27-28 and arrangements for Covid-19 testing have also made for families, and staff members of the lawmakers
Close
Covaxin is an indigenous vaccine developed by Bharat Biotech in collaboration with the Indian Council of Medical Research.(Reuters)
Covaxin is an indigenous vaccine developed by Bharat Biotech in collaboration with the Indian Council of Medical Research.(Reuters)

Karnataka Association of Resident Doctors' president raises concern over Covaxin

ANI, Bengaluru
PUBLISHED ON JAN 19, 2021 05:24 PM IST
On January 3, India gave emergency use authorisation to two Covid-19 vaccines - Covishield and Covaxin - both being manufactured in the country.
Close
Representational Image. (File photo)
Representational Image. (File photo)

Kashmir: Families of 3 killed by security forces hold protest in Pulwama

By Ashiq Hussain
UPDATED ON JAN 19, 2021 05:25 PM IST
The families have said that the boy was a class 11 student, Aijaz was pursuing graduation while Zubair was a skilled worker
Close
The adult male rhino that strayed out of Kaziranga National Park and Tiger Reserve in Assam after it was tranquilized on Tuesday.(KNPTR)
The adult male rhino that strayed out of Kaziranga National Park and Tiger Reserve in Assam after it was tranquilized on Tuesday.(KNPTR)

Rhino that strayed out of Kaziranga tranquilized, sent to Assam state zoo

UPDATED ON JAN 19, 2021 05:15 PM IST
  • The rhino had moved out of the Kaziranga National Park and Tiger Reserve on January 16 at Jakahalabandha area of Kaliabor.
Close
India is administering two vaccines as part of the first phase of Covid-19 immunisation covering roughly 30 million health care and other frontline workers.(AFP)
India is administering two vaccines as part of the first phase of Covid-19 immunisation covering roughly 30 million health care and other frontline workers.(AFP)

Rajasthan seeks spot registration for beneficiaries due to glitches in CoWIN app

PUBLISHED ON JAN 19, 2021 05:13 PM IST
  • The glitches in the CoWIN application have affected the vaccination drive in Rajasthan. The second day of the inoculation program saw 11,288 health workers of the 68.7% of targeted beneficiaries, which works out to 5 percentage points less than the first day.
Close
A clouded leopard caught on trap camera at Nongkhyllem Wildlife Sanctuary.(Meghalaya Forest Department)
A clouded leopard caught on trap camera at Nongkhyllem Wildlife Sanctuary.(Meghalaya Forest Department)

Nongkhyllem Wildlife Sanctuary in Meghalaya is Northeast’s best protected area

By David Laitphlang
PUBLISHED ON JAN 19, 2021 04:50 PM IST
  • Biotic interference in Nongkhyllem Wildlife Sanctuary has been significantly reduced, zonation has been done in terms of core and buffer zones and it has a duly notified eco-sensitive zone
Close
Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. (HT Archive)
Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. (HT Archive)

PM Modi to inaugurate event to celebrate Netaji’s birth anniversary in Kolkata

By Deeksha Bhardwaj
PUBLISHED ON JAN 19, 2021 04:49 PM IST
The anniversary is being celebrated as Prakaram Diwas from this year. The event in Kolkata will feature a tableau and two other major events will be held in Cuttack (Odisha) and Haripura (Gujarat)
Close
Various reasons are being attributed to the low turnout, including some technical issues and fears related to adverse events.(HT file photo)
Various reasons are being attributed to the low turnout, including some technical issues and fears related to adverse events.(HT file photo)

Apprehensions after AEFI cases may be reason of low vaccination turnout: Experts

PTI, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 19, 2021 04:42 PM IST
Cases of AEFI was reported in 26 persons, including two severe ones, and one person was hospitalised.
Close
An attendant at a fuel station fills fuel in a vehicle in Kolkata. (PTI)
An attendant at a fuel station fills fuel in a vehicle in Kolkata. (PTI)

News updates from Hindustan Times: and all the latest news

By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON JAN 19, 2021 04:55 PM IST
Here are today’s top news, analysis and opinion. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
Close
Chief election commissioner of India Sunil Arora is heading the team visiting Assam. (File photo)
Chief election commissioner of India Sunil Arora is heading the team visiting Assam. (File photo)

Assam parties asks EC to hold assembly polls around Bohag Bihu

UPDATED ON JAN 19, 2021 04:41 PM IST
Leaders of several political parties met a high-level EC team, headed by CEC Sunil Arora, which is in the state on a three-day tour, with their request
Close
West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee (ANI)
West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee (ANI)

'Will send people to disturb BJP meetings’: Mamata Banerjee announces at rally

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Karan Manral
UPDATED ON JAN 19, 2021 04:26 PM IST
Mamata Banerjee also took a jibe at BJP leaders eating food with Dalit families while visiting West Bengal, saying she would ask her party workers to pay money to those hosting them.
Close
Representational Image. (File photo)
Representational Image. (File photo)

Petrol rate crosses record 85/litre in Delhi; diesel above 75/litre

By Rajeev Jayaswal
UPDATED ON JAN 19, 2021 04:28 PM IST
According to IOC, petrol and diesel rates have been revised upward by 1 per litre each after January 7 in four small doses of 25 paise each on January 13, January 14, January 18 and January 19
Close
Russian S-400 missile air defence systems. (Representational image/Reuters File)
Russian S-400 missile air defence systems. (Representational image/Reuters File)

First military team heads to Russia to train on S-400 air defence systems

UPDATED ON JAN 19, 2021 04:01 PM IST
India and Russia signed the $5.4 billion deal for five S-400 systems in October 2018, and the first batch is expected to be delivered by the end of 2021
Close
SHARE
Story Saved
OPEN APP