On August 15, addressing the nation from the Red Fort, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said that jobs should be ordered on the basis of merit and not sifarish (recommendations).
He admitted that recruitment is one of the major areas of corruption and said that recruitments should be done on the basis of merit through transparent, online processes.
Delivering Modi’s promise to end the culture of ‘sifarish‘, sources said that the government has decided to do away with the process of interviews in junior posts.
According to sources, under the new system, which will come into effect from January 1 next year, skill tests and physical tests will not be dispensed with and candidates will have to prove their competence before being recruited. In case a department feels an interview is a must, they have to seek special permission from the Department of Personnel and Training. Currently, candidates have to appear for both written test and interview for junior posts in government departments. Their selection is done based on their performance in both.