Karnataka cabinet approves to overhaul Karnataka Administrative Service

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vidhana-soudha-1BANGALORE: Getting selected to the state civil service as gazetted probationers or Karnataka Administrative Service officers will be tougher. But at least the process will be transparent.

The cabinet on Friday initiated a slew of measures after accepting many suggestions of the PC Hota committee constituted to review systems and procedures for a free, fair and merit-based selection by the Karnataka Public Service Commission. The committee was constituted following allegations of widespread corruption during interviews for the selection.

Like the Union Public Service Commission procedure, the interviews will be held by a board headed by a chairman or senior KPSC member and comprising experts from IIM, IISc, VTU and reputed universities. The present system is flawed as all eight KPSC members and a chairman are on the panel.

In the new system, the candidate will know the composition of the interview board only a couple of hours before the exercise. Interviews will be held for minimum 30 minutes and not more than nine candidates will be interviewed every day.

Of the recommendations accepted

* Presiding members and advisers to be changed every week to rule out manipulation

* Candidates to be allotted to a particular board by draw of lots on the morning of interview

* Candidates to be assessed for personal attributes like leadership qualities, balance of judgment, depth of interest, capacity to work in teams, persuasive skills and logical thinking

* Chairperson and four members each to give marks separately. Average of their marks used to eliminate two members’ marks farthest from the mean to eliminate bias and manipulation. The average of the remaining three members’ marks will be score of candidates

* Deputation of other department employees who are efficient and trustworthy to man at least 50% of KPSC posts

* To constitute search committee to choose chairman and members of commission on the lines of search committee for choosing vice-chancellors of universities. Government retains power to recommend the governor to appoint members

* Experts on interview board should be preferably brought from outside the state

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