J&K Police counters ill-intentions to delay SI recruitment process

The advertisement for the recruitment of Sub-inspectors in Jammu and Kashmir Police was published in December 2016 and even after 20 months, the selection process is going at a snail's pace. The recruitment is being done for a total number of 698 vacancies i.e. (Executive Police = 482, Armed Police = 176 & Telecom=40) for which Physical Endurance Test (PET) which was qualifying in nature has already been conducted. Physical Endurance Test was followed by Physical Standard Test (PST) and Written Examination (Objective type) for which graduation was the said standard.

A total of 66000 youths across Jammu and Kashmir applied for 698 posts out of which 16,130 qualified PET/PST and 15,425 candidates appeared in the written examination.

The results for written examination were declared on 7th August in which 2060 candidates made it to Interview list for SI Executive/Armed whereas 121 candidates made it to Interview list for SI Telecom.

Some elements from Kashmir valley alleged that discrimination has been done with Kashmir division because 70% qualified candidates belong to Jammu region. Considering the transparency of recruitment process done by J&K Police, it would not be wrong to admit that such elements have intentions to further delay the recruitment process.

Instead of expressing concern over the inordinate delay in the selection process, students are raising questions on the transparency. Since, the opportunity of recruitment in J&K Police as Sub-Inspector came after 7-8 years, last recruitment notification being published in 2009; hardworking candidates from all the regions were preparing well and thus sealed this opportunity.

Besides, Sandeep Chaudhary, a young IPS Officer currently posted as SSP Shopian had earlier took a great initiative to provide free coaching to students in Jammu region. More than 150 students had attended free classes conducted in a community hall in Jammu and 39 students from his batch made it to the final list. The IPS Officer lend a great support to the students of Jammu region.

To counter the rumors and misinformation being spread by some elements alleging discrimination to the candidates of Kashmir Province with regard to their representation in list of candidates shortlisted for viva-voce/Personality Assessment Test for the post of Sub Inspectors in J&K Police issued by the Police Recruitment Board on 07.08.2018, J&K Police issued a press release on 8th August in which it was clearly mentioned that the J&K Police has completely switched over to Transparent Recruitment Process (TRP) which is a technologically driven one with minimum human intervention. And in order to ensure transparency, the candidates were also allowed to retain their question paper and carbon copy of OMR answer sheet after written examination and the answer key was uploaded later.

The shortlist was prepared on the basis of merit obtained by candidates in written examination drawn on the basis of computerized evaluation of OMR answer sheets by applying relevant answer key. Police clearly refuted all false and baseless allegations.

The ill-intentioned stories regarding recruitment process has again surfaced to stall the process and delay interviews. So, the qualified candidates irrespective of the region must focus on the interview preparation rather than baseless rumors for improving their chance of securing a place in the final list.


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Hardeep Bali