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Nagaland Public Service Commission is on Frankincense to public

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By EMN Updated: Jan 19, 2015 10:36 pm
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Dr. P. Tepekrovi Kiso
Kidima village, Kohima district, Nagaland

[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he Republic of India constitution Part XIV, Chapter II from Article 315- 323 subject to the provisions for the Public Service Commission for the Union and a Public Service Commission for each States, appointment and term of office of members, removal and suspension of a member of a Public Service Commission, power to make regulations as to conditions of service of members and staff of the Commission, Prohibition as to the holding of offices by members of Commission on ceasing to be such members, functions of Public Service Commissions else.
Nagaland Public Service Commission (NPSC) as per the provision under the Constitution of India functions in the highest standard for conducting examinations and recruiting the civil servants and allies of competent and intelligent with its core values of integrity, honesty, objectivity and impartiality.In the Article 320 of the Constitution provides Public Service Commission shall be the duty of the Union and the State Public Service Commissions to conduct examinations for appointment to the services of the Union and the services of the State respectively. On all matters relating to methods of recruitment to civil services and for civil posts; on the principles to be followed in making appointments to civil services and posts and in making promotions and transfers from one service to another and on the suitability of candidates for such appointments, promotions or transfers; on all disciplinary matters affecting a person serving under the Government of India or a State in a civil capacity, including memorials or petitions relating to such matters.
The Article 321 emphasises Union Public Service Commission or the State Public Service Commission as respects the services of any local authority or other body corporate constituted by law or of any public institution.
The local dailies report that Nagaland Public Service Commission (NPSC) would be holding viva voce on January 6 in Kohima for 214 candidates. The decision was taken after an appellate court of the Gauhati High Court asked the NPSC not to declare the result of the viva voce “if conducted” before January 30, 2015. NPSC chairman K. Puroh informed Nagaland Post that the commission however would follow the court’s order dated December 20. This meant that the result of the viva voce would not be declared till further orders passed by the court.
It may be mentioned that 19 candidates who appeared exams had lodged a complaint against NPSC on September 9 on the ground that over 120 questions were copy-pasted from Tata McGraw Hill book general studies paper 1- during the mains examination.
The High Court has also directed NPSC to issue a corrigendum in rectifying its notification dated 12th September and to award equal marks to all the candidates and not to nullify the questions. The Commission did so by issuing corrigendum on 27th November with a rectification that equal marks would be awarded to all the candidates, published in only one of the local English language- dailies. However, the Commission, on the basis of the order of a single bench judge, declared the result of the mains exam 2014 on the statehood day, 1st December, 2014.
Being, 119 questions were copy pasted from Tata McGraw edition and out of which 50 question were current affairs of 2013, these 50 questions could not considered as 2014 current affairs. (inputs from Nagaland Post, Dimapur, 5th January, 2015).
. Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) hardly an experienced of copy-pasted question in the Preliminary/ Mains being the questions setting accessed to every subject experts in the Universities/ Institutions. On the basis of the merit of the questions setter credit goes to concerned subject experts as an honourium/ incentive. The UPSC system of conducting and setting the questions does not allow for controversial/ contradictory any form of examinations in the history.
The word/ complaint about copy-paste itself were an embarrassment of the calibre of the civil services and allies in the state like Nagaland. The quality like hardworking, bright, intelligent, vast knowledge, integrity with high morality was the best luck for the civil servants. It should keep a belief and expect that the best and intelligent were recruited and appointed for the civil services and allies amongst the indigenous of people of Nagaland.
The process of the interview could expect to recruit sharp intelligent, creative writing than memorisation, analytical prospect rather than theoretic aspect. Extensive with intensive knowledge of the subject. The objective type with quick catching of the questions paper pattern follow up the answers in the limit time. A high speed writing skill with good grammar in the descriptive questions in a specific space and time. Fluency speaking in English as well as Hindi with clarity.
The nature of the examination to select candidates for the civil services should induce an urge to appraise critically the current problems and also discover new facets of problems, their genesis and repercussions and seek appropriate solutions. The civil servant would have an ‘integrity’ is putting the obligations of public service.
The Civil Servants are the core of the Government. The development and implementing its policies, and in delivering public services. A civil servant, are appointed on merit on the basis of fair and open competition and are expected to carry out your role with dedication and a commitment for the public. It deals with the public and their affairs fairly, efficiently, promptly, effectively and sensitively, to the best of your ability and keeps accurate official records and handles information as openly as possible within the legal framework.

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By EMN Updated: Jan 19, 2015 10:36:21 pm