Centre does away with interviews for junior level jobs in PSUs, departments

The central government has advised all ministries and the various undertakings under these ministries to do away with the requirement of interviews for selections at junior level posts from 1 January.

Accordingly, there will be no interviews for recruitment at the junior level posts in government of India ministries, departments, attached and subordinate offices, autonomous bodies and PSUs, from 1 January 2016.

They can, however, continue with necessary skill or physical tests.

The ministries and the departments have been told to discontinue all such interviews post 31 December 2015, according to a communique sent by Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) to secretaries of all central government ministries.

"All the advertisement for future vacancies will be without the interview as part of the recruitment process," it said.

The decision will apply for recruitments to all Group C and non-gazetted posts of Group 'B' category and all such equivalent posts, the DoPT said.

"It is also clarified that as skill test or physical test is different from interview, they may continue. However, these tests will only be of qualifying nature. Assessment will not be done on the basis of marks for such tests," it said.

In specific cases where the ministry or department feels it necessary to continue undertaking personal interview as a process of recruitment, a detailed proposal seeking exemption will have to be sent to the DoPT with the approval of the minister or minister-in-charge.

The ministries have been asked to send a consolidated report to the DoPT by 7 January in this regard.

"Report so to be furnished with the approval of the minister or minister-in-charge shall include the details of the name and number of posts where the interview is discontinued and posts for which the exemption has been sought within the purview of the administrative ministries or departments," the order said.

The Department of Public Enterprises has also asked all ministries to advise PSUs under their administrative control to adopt a revised mechanism of recruitment for the non-executive posts by dispensing with the practice of interviews.