26 September 2023

INDIA: UPSC eases path for exam applicants

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India’s Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has introduced a one-time registration (OTR) facility for Government job aspirants so they won’t be required to fill in their basic details every time they apply for different recruitment examinations.

The aspirants, who wish to apply for any future examination of the UPSC, can now register themselves on the OTR platform by filling out their basic personal information.

In a statement, the UPSC said a large number of aspirants applied for a host of examinations throughout the year to select officers for different Central Government Departments or organisations.

“The OTR platform will help them in saving time and make the application process more easy,” the statement said.

“Once the registration of an aspirant is completed, the information will remain stored securely in the Commission’s servers and will be automatically populated in the online application form of an examination for which she or he applies.”

The UPSC said this would not only save time for the candidates, but also eliminate any possibility of submission of incorrect information, as their basic personal details would be validated by the candidates themselves.

In a separate development, the High Court of Uttarakhand has ordered a stay on a 2006 Government order reserving 30 per cent of places in the State’s Public Service examination for domiciled women.

The court gave the direction after hearing a petition filed by more than a dozen women candidates from outside the State who said they were not allowed to take the examination despite securing more marks than the cut-off set for domiciled women of the State in the preliminary test held in April.

Counsel for the petitioners, Kartikey Hari Gupta argued that the State Government’s order violated the Indian Constitution.

New Delhi, 26 August 2022

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