The Assam Public Service Commission was formed much before independence i.e. in 1937. It is the oldest Commission established to cater to the needs of people residing in the State of Assam. This Commission was set up as per the conditions laid down in Constitution of India.
The Governor of the State appoints the Chairman and other members of the Commission. Their tenure will be for 6 years or till he/or she gets to the age of 62 years whichever is earlier. Shri Kameshwar Das, a very reputed educationist was the 1st Chairman of the Commission. The present Chairman is Rakesh Kumar Paul. The Chairman is supported by 5 Members.
The Commission advises the Government on all the recruitment processes, promotions taking place internally, evaluation of the performance of the Government employees, provides staff for various Departments by selection of candidates from open market, disciplinary action to be taken on employees in case of misbehavior/fraud etc.
Various Government Organizations sends indent to the Commission regarding the staff required for the different departments. Then the Commission starts the recruitment process which differs for various posts. Few methods adopted by it are :
• Recruitment by conducting written test and viva voce test
• Viva voce test only.
Then the merit list is prepared and the same is forwarded to the appointing authority in various Government Departments.
The Commission conducts the following examinations
• Combined Competitive examination and
• Internal Department examination.
The Combined Competitive examination evaluates the candidates about their eligibility and suitability for various civil services in the Government of Assam. The candidate has to get through 2 stages of evaluation i.e. Preliminary Examination and Main Examination. The Preliminary examination has two tests (objective type with multiple choices) to be passed each of 2 hours duration. The 1st test is General Studies and for the 2nd test, subject is optional. For the 2nd test, the candidate may choose any 1(one) from 28 subjects mentioned in the website. This Preliminary examination is done only for screening of the candidates and its marks are not taken into account for final selection.
The main examination consists of 4 papers of 3 hrs duration each. The total marks being 1400. Paper I being General English, Paper II being General Studies. Paper III consists of 2 parts – A & B – both are subjects to be selected from list of optional subjects specified in website and both are of 3 hrs duration each. Similarly Paper IV also has 2 parts and here also the candidate has to select the subjects from the list mentioned in the website.
All the papers are of essay type. It does not end here. There is an interview also to be cleared which is of 200 marks. The candidate has to prepare vigorously for the examination and he should have total grip on the subjects he is going to attempt. The website i.e. apsc.nic.in has plethora of information. The candidate can visit this site regularly to have full information up his sleeves. The instructions as to how to mark the OMR sheet is made available at the following url : http://www.apsc.nic.in/Special%20Instructions.pdf. The subject matter on which candidate is evaluated upon for the Combined Common examination is made available at the following address (site) : http://www.apsc.nic.in/syllabus.asp
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