9 months since notification to replace interviews with written test


Jammu, Sept 5: The interview system for recruitment to non-gazetted posts with written tests have still not been replaced even after formal notifications by the government of Jammu and Kashmir, courtesy – a lazy administration.

What should be taken as a sign of worry, majority of the Administrative Secretaries have not taken the issue seriously   and without their consent the Services Selection Board can only sit and watch watch the situation.

In August last year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had taken the initiative to discontinue interview system for recruitment to the junior level posts. The selection under the initiative was to be made purely on the basis of written test/academic merit. The reason behind the initiative was that many a time candidates high on a merit list are rejected during the interviews. This initiative has also been seen as a mechanism to check possible corruption by an interviewee

Consequently PM Modi had asked all the State Governments to preclude the practice of interviews for junior level posts.


The Union Minister of State in PMO, Dr Jitendra Singh, then sent a number of communications to all the States, including Jammu and Kashmir, requesting to implement the PM’s widely lauded initiative.

The government of Jammu and Kashmir in the month of December last year decided to forego the interview system replacing it with the written test. Following this notifications were issued by the Commissioner/Secretary to Government, General Administration Department, Gazzanfer Hussain, elaborating the amendments to be made in the Jammu and Kashmir Civil Services (Decentralization and Recruitment) Rules, 2010.

Through this notification dated December 11, 2015, it was made mandatory for the Jammu and Kashmir Services Selection Board to conduct written test for all the non-gazetted posts to be referred to it by various departments.

It has been nine months and majority of the departments are yet to finalize the lists of junior level posts for which interview system for recruitment has to be discontinued and selection is to be made purely on the basis of written test/academic merit according to media reports.

Only six departments have provided the required information to the General Administration Department for further submission to the Jammu and Kashmir Services Selection Board. The Administrative Secretaries of other departments  are yet to start the process.

The services Services Selection Board, according to reports in media, has completed all the formalities to follow the new pattern but awaits lists from the administrative secretaries of different government departments to fill 30,000 posts on a fast track basis. However, it has also been specified by sources in the board that at present only the backlog of the posts, which were referred to it prior to the issuance of notifications dated December 11, 2015, is being cleared.

The administrative lethargy has been further compounded by the ministers and elected representatives who have not asked their administrative secretaries to bring in the required changes.

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