|Government issues orders to fill 83 new posts through a separate examination|
83 posts, including 74 of MPDOs, 5 DFOs, and 4 District Social Welfare Officers will be filled
We will shortly announce the dates for the main examination, says senior APPSC official
HYDERABAD: With the confusion on the number of posts to be filled by the Group I examinations of Andhra Pradesh Public Service Commission – 2010 getting cleared, the commission is likely to announce shortly the schedule for the main examinations whose delay has kept the candidates on tenterhooks all these days.
The results of the preliminary examinations of Group I, conducted in two spells last year due to disturbances on account of separate Telangana agitation, were released on November 30 but the candidates have been waiting with bated breath since then as the APPSC was caught in a dilemma whether to go ahead with recruitment for the 210 posts notified originally or add to the list 83 new posts sanctioned by the government.
The government brought the curtains down on the suspense by issuing an order recently that the 83 posts, including 74 of Mandal Parishad Development Officers (MPDOs), 5 Divisional Fire Officers (DFOs), and 4 District Social Welfare Officers, would be filled by a fresh notification immediately through a separate examination.
A senior APPSC official told The Hindu that the confusion persisted till 'yesterday' but it was cleared now after the intervention of the government.
"We will shortly announce the dates for the main examination," he said.
About 10,500 candidates, who qualified in the preliminary exams held on September 5 and October 25, were in the dark about what the government was up to in the last four-and-a-half months since the declaration of results. Most of them took special coaching for the examination in Hyderabad and other major centres renting accommodation.
Otherwise, the main examination was held within three months of results in 2008.
A similar situation of supplementary posts had come up then but they were notified separately as in the present case.
In-charge Chairman of APPSC B. Ramakrishna Raju said information from departments concerned was being sought for fixing roster points for the 83 new posts.
The 210 posts for which the main examination and subsequent interviews will be held now cover 14 categories of officers.