Government job: A dream in Andhra Pradesh

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When YSRCP came to power in 2019 hefty promises were made by the now Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy regarding government jobs. The state government promised to conduct various recruitment exams and fill up the hundreds of vacancies across the state. It has been two years and only eleven notifications were released between September – October 2021. These notification were for regular posts in Survey department and as lecturers in Government colleges. The much awaited APPSC Group-1 and Group-2 notifications have not yet been released.

Group 1 and Group 2 Jobs are one of the most highly sought after jobs in Andhra Pradesh Government Sector. Lakhs of candidates attempt the exams every time for the few hundred vacancies. Many of the candidates who attempt this exam do so with further goals to become IAS,IPS and IRS level officers. Most of the candidates prepare for the exams and often wait for months and years to qualify.

With all the demand and expectations of candidates one would expect the state government to conduct the exam on time to fill in the vacancies. The state government on other hand is well known for its blatant disregard for these Exams. unlike UPSC exams which are conducted at fixed intervals each year State government exams do not follow a pattern and are solely done at the discretion of state government. This leaves many candidates exasperated.

The previous APPSC Group-1 notification was released in December 2018 with prelims on16 May 2019. With the onset of pandemic the mains exams were postponed and were finally conducted on 14 December 2020 and results declared on 28 April 2021. The interviews for the qualified candidates was scheduled to be conducted on 17 June 2021 but has been put on hold as per court instructions. The on going litigation was started after the release of results where many candidates alleged that the answer sheets were graded by third parties out of the state and thus did not follow the usual grading method.

In October 2021 Andhra Pradesh High Court issued an interim order to stop the interviews from being conducted and has issued orders to redo the grading despite the State government’s protest. This is to be expected to take a minimum of one year and the candidates who qualified the mains exams were left protesting it.

All these incidents keep happening when the State Government recently released a statement saying they have successfully filled more than 6 lakh government posts over two years. This statement has come under severe criticism by various opposition parties and candidates calling it bogus. Among the numbers cited the state government’s new Ward Volunteers made up more than 2 lakh posts.

These Volunteer posts have been under fire since their conception for their rather corrupt recruitment process. Various applicants and opposition parties have alleged that these Volunteer posts were made solely to provide official payments to YSRCP party members and that only the party members were recruited to these posts.

Amidst all these incidents the government has assured to release the notification for Group 1 and Group 2 positions in August next year.

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