UPSC Current Affairs

Dr. Manoj Soni takes Oath as UPSC Member

Dr Manoj Soni has taken Oath of Office and Secrecy as a member of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). The Oath was administered to him by the UPSC Chairman Prof. David R. Syiemlieh.

Born on 17th February 1965, Dr Manoj Soni was a former Vice-Chancellor of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Open University. He became the youngest-ever Vice Chancellor in independent (India). Manoj Soni is a scholar of Political Science with specialisation in International Relation Studies. He has earned his doctorate in “Post-Cold War International Systemic Transition and Indo-US Relations” from Sardar Patel University.

He has received several awards and recognitions such as “Honorary Mayor-President of the City of Baton Rouge” from Mayor-President of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA and World Education Congress Global Award for Distance Learning Leadership.

UPSC

UPSC is a constitutional body that conducts the prestigious civil services examination. It has been established under Article 315 of the Constitution and consists of a Chairman and ten Members, who are appointed and removed by President. The chairman and members of the Commission hold office for a term of six years or until they attain the age of 65 years, whichever is earlier. Article 316 of the Constitution deals with the appointment and term of office of members.

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UPSC to share Online Scores of Candidates to boost Hiring

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has decided to share online scores of candidates taking competitive exams in order to boost hiring by the private sector. As per the government’s proposal, the scores of the candidates taking part in the competitive exams will be linked to the Integrated Information System for Public Recruitment Agencies, which will be a dedicated website being developed by the National Informatics Centre (NIC). The scores made available in the website will act as a useful database for other employers to identify good, employable candidates. 

Under the proposal, the UPSC has decided  to disclose information such as  name, date of birth, category (whether SC, ST or physically handicapped) educational qualifications, total marks obtained in the written examination and interview, address, e-mail id and mobile numbers of those candidates who have reached the final stage of examination (interview) but were “not recommended” by the commission.

As per the proposal, the candidates can either opt in or out of the disclosure scheme by making an appropriate response in the application form. The UPSC will dispense information about the disclosure scheme in its notice to various exams covered by this scheme. However, candidates appearing for the recruitment exams for the armed forces and those applying for limited departmental competitive examinations and the Central Industrial Security Force will not be covered under the disclosure scheme.

Background

Last year, NITI Aayog had recommended to the government to disclose scores and ranking of candidates in recruitment examinations to boost job opportunities for the unemployed. Similar idea was mooted by  Prime Minister Narendra Modi in March last year to help the prospective employers to choose quality talent. The results of the government conducted entrance examinations for engineering and medical streams are already being utilized  by private colleges for admission purposes.

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