"We totally abide by the rule" :APPSC in an exclusive interview with The SPACE.
by Jon Pebi Tato,ME,SPACE
ITANAGAR: After the declaration of the APCS Mains 2020 result there has been a hue and cry over the social media platforms from the civil service aspirants who couldn't make it to the list pertaining to the eligibility for the personality test (Viva-Voce ). The despondent aspirants had bellowed, "why has the commission failed to maintain the maintained ratio of 1:3 in the selection procedure for the personality test"
The uproar among the aggrieved aspirants descended vehemently on the esteemed institute on the post mains result.
On 7th September 2021, the team SPACE had a short meeting with Dr. Jayanta Kumar Ray, IAS, Secretary APPSC, and discussed all the issues pertaining to the grievances that the aggrieved aspirants had in them. The APPSC chairman Shri Nipo Nabam was unavailable, henceforth the meeting could be held with the Secretary.
The question raised against the commission was totally based on the grievances that the aggrieved aspirants had and this article pertains to the aforesaid exclusive Interview.
Q.1 Sir let's directly come to the point. "Why has the Commission failed to follow the ratio of 1:3 in the current APCS Mains examination? This is one of the most asked questions by the aggrieved candidates.
Ans: The commission has followed, on the basis of their marks obtained in each subject where the criteria of 33% and in aggregate 45% was compulsory.
Q.2 Aspirants have claimed that out of 111 posts, 333 candidates should have been selected for the Personality Test instead of mere 141 candidates which don't make the viva a competitive one. what do you have to say about this?
Ans: Yes, we also think that is true but the selection on the basis of already existing criteria where the commission is well placed, subject to the condition of the minimum mark, viz in each subject 33% and aggregate 45%.
Q.3 So sir Since the Commission has followed the UPSC pattern....so... (Interrupted)
Ans: No! we did not follow the UPSC pattern, we have only followed the Criteria fixed by the Government of Arunachal Pradesh, it is not at all UPSC.
Q.4 So if it is not all UPSC Patterns why does the question pertain to that of the UPSC pattern?
Ans: That is not the question pertaining to me, you can ask that to the candidate.
Q.5 Candidates have raised an issue regarding the matter of questions, wherein the commission did not set any questions pertaining to the North-East or the Arunachal?
Ans: This is an academic issue, the commission doesn't form the question, the commission totally depends upon the experts regarding this, but certainly we will take this suggestion for our future guidelines.
Q.6 Pertaining to the GS Paper 1, The questions were such that only the candidates with history and sociology optional could have attempted all the questions in a satisfactory manner. And to the rest of the candidates with other optional, GS 1 paper was a nightmare. And it is highly possible that 90 % of the candidates were not able to achieve 33% marks in this particular paper. Now, this is unfair to all other candidates who did not opt for history or sociology as their optional. What do you have to say about it?
Ans: In competitive examinations, all of these things happen, this is all about the candidate's preparation.
Q.7 Don't you think that Deprived Aspirants who couldn't make up to the list for the viva-voce might have been a better candidate if they have got chance to compete in the personality test, had the commission followed the ratio?
Ans: No comments on these types of questions.
Q.8 Out of 141, what if the number of candidates is Non-APST? can u show the list?
Ans: Actually we can't reveal the details of the candidates until the completion of the examination and recruitment process, But one thing is that the percentage of APST will be maintained as per the recruitment rules.
Q.9 What is the percentage of APST candidates currently according to the Commission?
Ans: As such 20% for General Candidates wherein the APST candidates also can be included, but 80% is specifically for the APST candidates.
Q.10 So you mean out of 141 aspirants 80% will be from the APST Candidate??
Q.11 How about giving a grace mark to the aggrieved candidates so that they can be eligible for the personality test?
Ans: When an examination is conducted for the recruitment for the suitable post, "usme grace marks ka concept his nahi hain", Nahi toh exam kyu conduct karenge"? Now if we give grace marks to those candidates , 141 aspirants will again rise up and day, on what basis you've given them the grace mark? unka chance kam hojayega! so..!(Interrupted by SPACE)
Q.12 If you are saying like that, the same will be from the side of aggrieved aspirants ,like usko 1:3 ratio me nahi leke unka chance ko kum kardia he! so what will you think about this?
Ans: Chances kese dega! they didn't qualify for the exam.
Q.13 What if some of the deprived aspirants had scored better than the 141 selected candidates, and they might have scored 33%?
Ans: Nahi laya isliye toh list me nahi aya!
Q.14 So can you show the marks? I hope many aspirants want the commission to display the marks!
Ans: Marks unko milega after the procedure! we cant do that, we totally abide by the rule of APPSC.
Q.15 what if some of the aspirants file an RTI and want to see their mark?
Ans: RTIs are becoming even now, but even if the aspirants do the RTI they will be given the mark only after the recruitment is over.
Q.16 Is it really compulsory to score 33% in every subject? what if some of the aggrieved aspirants have scored better but failed in, for instance, GS-I to score 33%, don't you think a genuine aspirant is being left out? HE/she has been out of the game just for one subject?
Ans: The examination has certain criteria and has dealt with it accordingly.
Q.17 So what about the future step of the commission?
Ans: Commission abides by the rule and we will deal with it accordingly
Q.18 Ok sir! if this the stand of the Commission! Thank you for giving me your valuable time.
Ans: OK! Thank you.
The aforesaid conversation is an excerpt from the Exclusive Interview taken by the SPACE with the Secretary APPSC, Itanagar.
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I feel the commission did the right thing. If one is not able to fufill the required criterio for selection, then, there is no question of increasing the intake for viva. Moreover, one should be able to score atleast 33% in each subject with total of 45% in aggregate. We can find some students failng to qualify the APPSC exam but become successful in UPSC exam. So, we need not bother. It's upto the person the way he or she prepares for the exam.
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