(SSC PLANNER) Executive Summary of The Staff Selection Commission

(SSC PLANNER) Executive Summary of The Staff Selection Commission

The Staff Selection Commission is one of the largest recruiting agencies in the world in the Government sector in terms of number of applicants. The Commission is entrusted with the task of making recruitment to all Group ‘B’ (non-gazetted) and Group ‘C’ (non-technical) posts in various Ministries/ Departments of Government of India and their Attached and Sub-ordinate Offices except those posts exempted from the purview of Commission. (Chapter II)

2. The Commission also conducts Limited Departmental Competitive Examinations for promotion from (i) MTS to LDC Grade, (ii) LDC to UDC Grade and (iii) Stenographer grade ‘D’ to Stenographer grade ‘C’. The Commission also holds periodical typewriting tests in English and Hindi. (Chapter-II)

3. The Staff Selection Commission has its Headquarters in New Delhi. It has a nationwide network of nine Regional / Sub-Regional Offices located at Allahabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Guwahati, Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi, and Sub-Regional Offices located at Chandigarh and Raipur. The Regional /Sub- Regional Offices implement the policies and programmes of the Staff Selection Commission which include holding of examinations at various centres all over the country with the help of the State Governments. (Chapter-II)

4. For smooth conduct of the examinations and to fully achieve the objectives of merit based selection, the Commission constantly reviews the examination procedure and brings in reforms. As a result of such reviews and to bring about maximum efficiency and credibility in the examination process, several new initiatives were taken which inter-alia included installation of jammers in examination halls to check malpractices, introduction of videography to check impersonation in written examinations and typing test and utilisation of services of Central Paramilitary Forces personnel at the examination centres for frisking of candidates to check malpractices, etc. Besides, the Commission also introduced the system of online vacancy collection and online data verification. (Chapter-III)

5. The Commission selected 24,604 candidates for appointment to various posts through All India Open Competitive Examinations and 534 candidates against Selection Posts during the year 2015-16. (Chapter-III & IV)

6. Eight All India Open Competitive Examinations and three Limited Departmental Competitive Examinations were notified by the Commission during the year 2015-16. However, with effect from 01.01.2016, the Commission, in consonance with the decision of the Government, has discontinued the practice of conducting interviews for all posts of Group `B’ (non-gazetted) and Group `C’ (non- technical). This will increase transparency and equity by putting candidates from rural background at par with the candidates from urban areas. In addition selections were made through interviews for certain categories of posts only, the details of which are given in Chapter-V. (Chapter – IV)

7. A total of 1,48,27,504 candidates applied for the eight All India Open Competitive Examinations advertised during the year 2015-16. The number of candidates who applied for various Selection Posts was 1,05,514 and the number of applicants for Limited Departmental Competitive Examinations during the year 2015-16 was 864. (Chapter-IV& V)

8. During the year 2015-16, the Commission conducted its major examinations at 9,029 venues located in 127 examination centres (i.e. cities) across the country. (Chapter-VI)

9. Implementation of the provisions of the Official Language Act, 1963 and Official Language Rules, 1976 is a priority area for the Commission. Various initiatives were taken for progressively increasing the use of Hindi in official work during the year under report. (Chapter-VIII)

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