Traditionally, in the recruitment processes the departments/directorates/field formations and government owned autonomous institutions have been hiring services of private testing agencies like NTS, BTS, UTS, OTS etc. However, in the recent past a number of instances and scandals surfaced in the media regarding leakage of papers and other reported favoritism on part of the testing agencies coupled with serious credibility issues. Resultantly, questions are being raised from public quarters on the state of merit and transparency in recruitment being done at departments’ level. This has made the government authorities more conscious and precautionary measures are being in demand from the concerned quarters.
That instead of positions in BS-11 & above, the PSC shall now onward be able to make recommendations of suitable candidates against the positions of BS-14 & above except computer operators, assistants, junior scale stenographers.
An independent body ETEA has been in place since 1998 under an executive order followed by an Ordinance in 2001 for conducting admission tests in professional educational institutes. Initially, ETEA had a limited role and was confined only to conduct entry tests for admissions in/to medical & engineering colleges. Later on in the year 2006, ETEA started provision of screening test services to different government departments. At present ETEA is providing services to 20 different public sector organizations. After a formal consultative meeting held dated 09-03-2018, at PMRU with Higher Education Department and ETEA authorities, as a matter of policy, the following is proposed :
To the extent of this policy in its present state or changes (if any) to be done from time to time, Establishment Department will act as the policy governing authority.
Recruitment on all regular/ad-hoc positions from BPS-7 to BPS-14 and computer operators, assistants, and junior scale stenographers specifically shall involve initial screening through ETEA. The same shall also apply to project positions from BPS-7 till BPS-17 or as the case may be.
Prior to the screening test, the subjects/topics or areas wherein abilities of the candidates are required to be tested shall be finalized by ETEA in consultation with the hiring entity. However, preparation of paper shall be the sole mandate of ETEA and the hiring entity shall have no influence to that.
ETEA shall only conduct the initial screening test and furnish the list of all candidates appearing in the test with score obtained. It is up-to the departmental recruitment rules/ criteria whether to use the list so provided for shortlisting or give weightage to the ETEA score in the final selection process or otherwise.
Advertisements inviting applications from the candidates shall be published by ETEA at the expense of the recruiting departments/entities as per the terms & conditions and criteria so communicated.
ETEA may charge a nominal admission fee from the applying candidates.