Merit violation

June 29, 2020


IN April 2019, the Federal Public Service Commission conducted an objective-type written exam for 158 vacancies of inspector of customs/intelligence officer.

The FPSC announced the written exam result on Sept 25, 2019, in which 783 candidates were declared passed and they were asked to submit the documents so that ashort-listing of candidates to be called for an interview could be completed.

In the notice declaring the written result, the FPSC had clearly mentioned by referring to Para 16A of its general instructions given to candidates that 498 students would be called for an interview after the scrutiny of their documents from the 783 who had cleared the written exam.

The successful candidates have since been waiting for an interview call. Suddenly on June 18, 2020, the candidates were notified through the FPSC website that it was going to conduct a subjective test of 1,580 students by following the 1:10 ratio.

One wonders why the FPSC changed the rules midway through the recruitment process which has now dragged on for more than 14 months? Second the federal government should rein in the FPSC bosses who have made a hash of the recruitment process.

Zahra Baig

Published in Dawn, June 29th, 2020