BENGALURU: In a major move intended to improve the chances of rural candidates getting government jobs, the State government has decided to amend the Karnataka Recruitment of Gazetted Probationers (Appointed by Competitive Examinations) Rules for increasing the ratio of eligible candidates per post to be called for personality tests from 1:3 to 1:5 for appointment of category A and B Gazetted Probationers.
The proposal from the Chief Minister has come in the backdrop of a recent High Court order to eradicate irregularities in selection process.
The Karnataka State Public Service Commission (KPSC) conducts preliminary and main examination and personality tests for filling up posts of Gazetted Probationers. Only candidates who qualify in the mains examination are eligible for appearing for personality test. So far the ratio was 1:3. An increase in the number of candidates will increase competition among candidates.
According to sources in the CM’s office, the amendment has been suggested to benefit thousands of candidates, particularly those from rural areas. The government has also decided to amend a rule that made only candidates having 60 per cent marks in bachelor’s degree eligible for appointment in government run boards and corporations.