I had posted this morning-"No facebook after today! Tired of criticism!!". So many of you have responded. Only a few remembered that today is April 1st! It was an All Fools' Day prank. Normally I do not play any pranks but today I was in a mischievous mood, befitting April 1st! I will continue to be available on Facebook as long as it is of use to all of you. Criticism had never fazed me in my life. Why should it now? I will continue to live life on my own terms. Thanks for all the sentiments.
My last post on SSC and CGLE 2013 was on 19th December, 2013 when I said that I would not post on SSC for a fortnight. The self imposed period of silence is expiring today. There have been some developments in CGLE 2013 since my last post. Due to protests after the CAT hearing of 18th December and the success of a few candidates in meeting the Chairman, SSC, an application for vacation of the stay order has been filed by the SSC. There are newspaper reports of organized protests in some parts of the country. The Chairman, SSC has given a formal commitment, though without indicating any time bound programme, through his message on the SSC website that results of all examinations held in 2013 will be expedited. The application for vacation of the stay order was filed before the winter vacation of CAT according to earlier reports. Now it appears that it is numbered in the year 2014 and will come up for hearing tomorrow. I had suggested such an application in November 2013 itself so that if CAT rejected the application SSC could have approached the High Court appealing against the CAT’s rejection. Unfortunately, it had taken protests from candidates to goad the SSC into action. Anyway, it is better late than never. Even now, I would like the SSC to field an Additional Solicitor General to argue in favour of vacating the stay order and seeking an early decision in the OAs pending before CAT for several months now, apparently for no reason. If SSC believes that there is no organized leak of its question papers prior to the commencement of the examination it must take proactive action in ensuring vacation of the stay order and quick decision in the OAs so that the uncertainty is removed once and for all. Mere vacation of the stay order or its relaxation will be of no utility as the uncertainty will continue to loom over the final results. The present set of officers in SSC, unfortunately have not shown the planning and dynamism required for handling the enormous and unprecedented volumes handled since 2011. I sincerely hope and wish that they prove me wrong. I spent 8 years of my working life in the SSC and it pains me that the SSC appears to be losing the confidence of the vast multitude of candidates. I would like the SSC to inform the candidates about the factors hindering its effective working through its websites and twitter. After all it has about 100000 dedicated followers on twitter. Manpower is, in my view, not an issue as the SSC has the option of hiring people on short term basis depending on its requirement. When the regional offices work with the available manpower, constraint of manpower cannot certainly be a reason for delay in completing the examination process. Let us be realistic. If the stay order is vacated on 3rd or 13th as the case may be, depending on whether the SSC counsel, who apparently sought the hearing to be deferred till 13th because of his ‘non availability’, will appear tomorrow, the result of Tier II can be brought out in just 2,3 days and in any case within a week. Completion of interviews with 10 Boards sitting every day in Delhi for six days in a week and 4 weeks for despatch of call letters, will need about 10 weeks from the date of the result. CPT and DEST can be completed during this period and about 4 weeks will be required after completion of the interviews for processing and publishing the results. Therefore, from the date of vacation of the stay order, it will take about 15 weeks for publishing the final results. That takes it perilously close to Parliament Elections and it will be left to the Election Commission to allow publication of the results. The candidates should now hope that better sense will prevail in the CAT Bench which, in my view, I reiterate, has unnecessarily delayed its decision in this case for too long. Many candidates have asked about the possibility of notification of CGLE 2014 on 18th January and the examination format. There is no legal or other impediment in notifying the next examination without publishing the results of the previous year’s examination. But, morally it could be inappropriate to notify the examination when there is no certainty about the schedule of publication of the results of the previous examination. It is a difficult decision for the Chairman, SSC to take but the SSC has let itself into this situation and should now extricate itself with the least damage to its reputation. If there is a commitment from the SSC about publication of 2013 exam results by end of May 2014, say, I would like to suggest publication of the notice of the 2014 Examination as per the published schedule. There is no indication about the change in the examination pattern from any official source except a FB post by a Regional Deputy Director. When we decided to change the examination scheme in 2009 as per recommendation of an Expert Group which examined the feasibility of acceptance of 2nd Administrative Reforms Commission’s report on SSC Examinations, a publicity drive was launched with several press conferences and media advertisements. We also gave a commitment that the change in the pattern would lead to declaration of results within 6, 9 or 12 months of the advertisement depending upon whether it was a single stage, two stage or multiple stage examination. We fulfilled our commitment for three years. Therefore, any change in the examination scheme should be accompanied by a committed schedule of completing the examination process. There must be a well defined rationale for changing the examination pattern and it cannot be a knee jerk reaction to stray malpractices in the examination. One last word of advice to the candidates. Approaching the politicians may do more harm than good. Most Ministers are ill informed of the portfolio they are handling and depend on the senior officers who themselves are mostly ill equipped to handle their responsibilities. Politicians worry about their reelection and senior officers about their post retirement jobs. There are some ministers who put their foot into their mouth every time they speak and do so only for getting photo opportunities. Most of them do not keep their commitments.
Best of luck to those who are appearing for Tier I of CGLE 2015 on 9th and 16th August 2015.
I appeal to the DoPT and the PMO through this FB post to advise the SSC to issue a corrigendum amending the date... fb.me/1L9W1VEG0
Someone by name #Arrow Singh had posted a message on FB this morning beseeching me to press for and support cancellation of the CGL 2013. I went to his page on FB and realized that it cannot be his actual name. Nor can the profile photograph on the page his. In all probability, he is either an unscrupulous official of SSC who had been deprived of his illegal gratification during my tenure or a stooge of his or someone planted by the manipulators of recruitment examinations. That set me thinking. Why should people be in such a hurry to seek my support for cancellation of the examination? While vast majority of the candidates are totally against cancellation of the examination for the reason that their hard work for more than a year will go waste, whether they are overaged for the next examination or not, who will be interested in cancellation? It can only be the ring leaders of groups which manipulated the examination but whose candidates got caught in police action in different centres or one of the very few unscrupulous SSC officers- believe me, most SSC officers in HQ and Regional Offices barring a few who can be counted on the finger tips are honest and hard working. If the examination is cancelled there will be possibly no justification for criminal action in cases where arrests were effected by the Delhi police and in other states, even assuming that Delhi Police will ever be in a position to file charge sheets. If they have not filed charge sheets in cases they proudly mentioned in press releases and press conferences even after six months when will they file charge sheets? What has prevented them in apprehending the SSC ‘officers’ who they claim had been instrumental for the leak? They have got what they wanted- spreading around the word that SSC examinations are by and large ‘compromised’ whereas in reality the number of cases of manipulation may be only a few hundreds, who in any case would have been identified in the post examination analysis. I have reliable information that when there was not even a murmur against post examination analysis till as late as 2nd March 2013, there has been vocal criticism against it within the SSC. Is it to benefit those indulging in and abetting malpractices? This is a question to ponder over. I have already posted about efforts to manipulate the interviews in late 2012 by some elements in SSC leading to cancellation of those interviews and holding fresh interviews. After the initial disappointment and shock over yesterday’s developments, it now occurs to me that the SSC will never be in a position to salvage its reputation if CGL 2013 is cancelled on the basis of stray reports of manipulation of the examination process in a few venues (NOT Centres) in the Northern States. It also appears that the Delhi Police conclusion of ‘large scale’ leak is a surmise on the basis of investigations which have not so far reached their logical conclusion and resulted even in a single charge sheet, as far as I know, rather than a conclusion based on hard and irrefutable facts. Such untenable and unsupported surmises may be made in future too and SSC may not be in a position to hold a single examination or announce the result of any examination held so far with its head held high. From a position of the officers of SSC feeling proud of their achievements till a year ago, they will never be in a position to even say publicly that they work in the SSC. The need of the hour is to salvage the CGL 2013 and with that the reputation of SSC as a premiere recruiting organization in the government sector, in the interest of the nation. From the position of the SSC Chairman being invited by a Vice President of European Union to share his successful experiments in completing the recruitment cycle in 6 to twelve months despite manual applications and off line examinations, SSC may become the laughing stock even within the country. This is not the view of a former Chairman of SSC but an ordinary citizen of the country who is interested in ensuring that recruitment to the government continues to be carried out impartially, objectively and sincerely, ensuring utmost transparency and as per schedule. If CGL 2013 has to be salvages what are the options? Delhi police report indicates that it was in Tier II that there was wide spread ‘leak’. Tier II of the examination can be cancelled and held online within three months. CAT’s endorsement can be taken for this course of action. Even if some candidates had manipulated Tier I examination and went scot free they will fail in Tier II where minimum cut off can be prescribed in each paper. As the number of candidates, less those caught in various centres of Tier II, who ought to be disqualified and debarred for maximum number of years, the number of candidates will be just about 1.3 lakhs and it will be easy to find a vendor for holding the online examinations of Tier II on the same day across the country. It was a mistake to withdraw Tier III which was envisaged to filter out candidates indulging in doubtful activities in the previous two Tiers; however, with the condemnation of Tier II by Delhi Police, revival of Tier III retaining the marks of Tier II at this stage will be questionable. If there is no provision for online examination in notice of CGLE 2014, it should be incorporated through an addendum immediately so that Tier II of the Examination can be held online. The technology and infrastructure for online examination for large number of candidates in India was unproven till the second half of 2012. It is no longer so with the IBPS examinations held online for millions of candidates. SSC and DoPT should understand and recognize the forces behind the efforts to tarnish the image of the SSC through CGLE 2013 and ensure that CGLE 2013 is taken to its logical conclusion. One has to understand that Ministry of Home Affairs willingly entrusted the CAPF’s recruitments of Constables(GD), ASI and SI to SSC, and later SI in Delhi Police, because of its sound systems and efficiency. SSC cannot afford to show that the same systems have overnight become a liability. Mr Arrow Singh, or whatever his name is, has asked in his post whether populist posts are being made by a few to gain a few ‘likes’. What is the value of such likes to anyone Mr Arrow Singh? At least not to a man almost 63 years old now, who spends two hours every day on the laptop because of his love for SSC and for lakhs of candidates who need guidance, without expecting anything in return, as he had served for 38 long years in the government for nothing other than a meager salary.
I appeal to the DoPT and the PMO through this FB post to advise the SSC to issue a corrigendum amending the date of reckoning of age in CGLE 2015 as 1st January 2015. It was due to the inefficiency of SSC and management deficit in the top rungs of SSC that CGLE 2013 and 2014 process was unduly delayed. The job aspirants becoming overaged between 1st January 2015 and 31st July 2015 should not be punished because of inadequacies in SSC by depriving them of the chance of taking CGLE 2015. After all there is a precedent. This should not be linked to increasing age limit for Gr B posts to 30 years for the UR as it may take some time to materialize.
Disappointed about CAT's order of 18th Dec. They must have decided on the petition for vacation of stay order instead of dragging their feet. In fact, they must have given the final order long time ago in a cse impinging on future of 1000s of candidates. . The uncertainty about CGL 13 is directly attributable to CAT. If there is another OA filed on CGL 13 next week are they going to postpone the hearing to another date? If after next date of hearing CAT decides on further postponement of hearing and another OA is filed after that what happens? Thousands of educated youth are losing their faith in the judicial system due to these cases which does not augur well for the country. if there is a decision it can be accepted or challenged. But if there is no decision? i am so disappointed that I am not going to post on SSC examinations for a fortnight. Someone has posted that SSC advocate wanted postponement of hearing. Is it true? If so, is this the outcome of meeting the MoS, DoPT who also happens to be MoS in PMO? Sorry, guys. I can only sympathesize with you and do no more.
I am sharing a post by Swapan Das below. It is a good analysis on cut off of Tier I and Tier II of CGL 2012 and 2013. Go through it.Thanks Mr Swapan Das. Swapan Das "copied .... A must learn POST Hello friends ! After seeing a lot of hue and cry I am compelled to perform some data analysis for whom I liked most. Plz see carefully and give your valuable suggestions in comment box:- Mah dear friends ! It is very easy to pretend others , to blame others. But this is not the way, which can teach us a lot. Before pointing finger on SSC first we should make proper analysis: Everybody is saying dat SSC officials have helped cheaters dats why cut-off is so high, Let’s see what the data says: Commission has decided to fix three cut offs for i) All Interview Posts/ ii) Statistical Investigator/Compiler and; iii) All non-interview posts first , have a look over ALL INTERVIEW POST CUT-OFFS http://ssc.nic.in/press-rele…/CGL%20-%202012-WP-T-II(CD).pdf Through this link one can see the cut-off marks for Tier-2 for the year 2012. Category 2012 T2 2013 T2 increase in % Gen 349 424.50 21.34 % OBC 319 395.75 24.05 % SC 284 359.25 26.49 % ST 282 345.75 23.04 % Ex-Serviceman 308 345 12.01 % OH 274 345 25.91 % HH 191 228 19.37 % VH 261 315.25 21.07 % Now , Take a look over Statistical investigator Category 2012 T2 2013 T3 % increase Gen 333 443.25 33 % OBC 305 410.25 34.50 % SC 269 364.50 35.50 % ST 256 324 26.56% Now Let’s have a glance over NIPs(Non-Interview posts):- In 2012, the cut-off was 313.50 for UR category, In 2013 It is 401 ie. Increased 27.75%. In this way we can easily conclude that Cut –off has increased for all individual categories on an average 23%-28% , so suppose SSC officials conducted fraud, they took 100 candidates and almost half( 50) students were from UR category 27 were from OBC category and accordingly from others including VH (visually handicapped), OH(optically handicapped) and HH ,ex-serviceman also. (Because cut-off has increased almost equally in all categories,) which is not possible practically. No SSC official can do like dat , No one can manipulate data that belong to more than 1,00,000 candidates in that much organized way that cut-off increases in equal proportion for each individual category, Even, In exit polls, surveys ,opinion polls, that is conducted by experts of management don’t acquire that much accuracy(although it is conducted openly n with huge resources and skilled manpower). If it is really true, they(those SSC officials) should be awarded ….. Another perspect we can see that in 2012 pre cut-off was 82 for UR while in 2013 it was 96 and 102 in re-exam which is also almost 24.39%. WHY SO MUCH NOISE ON INCREASING OF CUT OFF 25% IN MAINS WHILE IT HAD ALREADY INCREASED 24.39 % IN PRE-EXAM. cut-off has increase for all categories, In case Fraud would have happened, there must be a abnormal increase incut-off of some categories ,while not in others, which is not the case obviously,Even we can see for NIP and STATISTICAL INVESTIGATOR cut –off has increased in same proportion, so how we can say cheating has been done. Now question arises why some people are making a great fuss , even till now marks have not been disclosed yet, actually they all have their personal motives. from last 4 days, I ‘ve seen almost 20 people to say that drop money in their account number, there is nothing to do with your carrier . they just wanna make money and you all are best and fertile resource of these money making tactics .plz don’t lose hope , once 2013 will be over a batch that is preparing for SSC will get over ,cut-off will be lower from 2014 and onwards. So plz don’t be easy victims of these , YOU ARE WORRIED THIS TIME N A FEEBLE MIND IS THE EASIEST VICTIM TO INCITE,. AND,yes one more thing dat I ‘ll explain here , plz don’t think why I m induldging in this as I m working for TCS, All these I am doing for mah self intersest as someone I liked most , is require some suggestions from my side, all these I have done for that who trust me more dan he trust himself. Please don’t take it in wrong way, nobody is perfect in this world, Somewhere I may be wrong , plz do provide your valuable suggestions in comment box and I belive in VASUDHAIV KUTUMBAKAM, SO WE ALL ARE BROTHER AND SISTERS .don’t show ur cheap attitude here,
We have to learn a lot from Arvind Kejriwal. If there is an accident on the road and you find someone has sustained serious injuries, do not rush him to the hospital on your own. Wait for the police to reach the scene of the accident. If you see someone having a heart attack, do not give him first aid. Wait for the ambulance to arrive. If you see someone becoming unconscious, do not try to revive him. Wait for medical help. If you see an offence being committed before you do not react. wait for the police to arrive. If you find someone hungry do not offer him food, Wait for some government official to offer him relief. Better still, say that the police or hospital or ambulance is not under your control. For Kejriwal, people and their lives are means to an end- achieving his political ambition. Unfortunately, we had so much faith in him; he has proved himself to be a scoundrel and, therefore, fit enough to join the group of successful but ruthlessly selfish politicians- who will stoop to do anything to achieve their political ambition.
I will try to get some authentic info about Tier II of CGL 13 tomorrow, though as ex Chairman i should not be doing so. I suggest you keep preparing as if the exam is on this Sunday. No preparation for any exam ever goes waste even if the exam is postponed.
For the candidates of CGLE 2014 appearing in the Tier II Examination in April 2015, the following analysis of Question Paper of “Paper II- English Language and Comprehension’ in Reexamination of CGL 2013 Tier II may be useful. Though the actual number of questions in each category may vary from year to year, an analysis of the past three years’ papers shows that the pattern is by and large identical. SL NO DESCRIPTION NO OF QUESTIONS 1. DIRECT- INDIRECT SPEECH 27 2 CLOZE PASSAGE- FILLING IN MULTIPLE BLANKS IN A PASSAGE 25 3 COMPREHENSION 30 4 SPOT THE ERROR IN SENTENCES 20 5 FILL IN THE BLANKS IN SENTENCES05 6 SYNONYMS- WORDS WITH THE SAME OR SIMILAR MEANING 03 7 ANTONYMS- WORDS OPPOSITE IN MEANING 03 8 SPELLING 03 9 MEANING OF IDIOMS/ PHRASES 10 10 ARRANGEMENT OF PARTS OF SENTENCE IN PROPER ORDER 20 11 CHOOSING WORDS TO REPLACE GIVEN WORDS/PHRASE 12 12 ACTIVE- PASSIVE VOICE 20 13 IMPROVEMENT OF SENTENCE/ PART OF SENTENCE 22 TOTAL 200 I will post the analysis of Paper I Quantitative Analysis tomorrow.
Best of luck to all candidates who are appearing for CGL Tier II today and tomorrow. Give it your best shot!
Our best wishes for a Happy, Bright, Prosperous, Successful and Joyful 2014.
Best of luck to those taking the CGL Examination 2014-Tier I on 19th and 26th October. Firstly, keep in mind that you appear in an examination to score as best as you can. This you can do only if you fill in all details on Page 1 of the OMR Answer sheet and also properly code them. Name, Roll no, Ticket No, Question Booklet No etc need to be written and also coded fully and correctly. A few missing alphabets in the name will not really matter and any mistake in others will invite a zero in the paper. Secondly, you must ensure that you write the declaration, affix your signature and LTI on page 1. It is your responsibility to see that the invigilator signs in the assigned place. There is no point in claiming after the examination that the invigilator is at fault- it is you who will suffer by bagging a zero in the paper. Thirdly, ensure that the Question Booklet No and OMR sheet no are one and the same. If they differ it will not really matter if the attendance lists actually mention the number of the answer sheet and question booklet numbers, even if they are different. Fourthly, as far as I know, use of the white fluid to erase wrong entries or coding in the OMR sheet is allowed. But, ensure that no smudges are left after erasure and that the fluid fully dries before you write or code on it. Fifthly, Competitive Examinations with multiple choice objective type questions test knowledge as well as speed. Therefore, time management is very important. You have only 36 seconds to read a question, solve it and mark it in the OMR sheet. Keep this in mind. Beware of cheaters using high tech gadgets or low tech methods such as impersonation. After all, your chance of success will be reduced if you keep quiet when cheating takes place before your eyes. Do your best. Each mark will count at the final reckoning.
It is reliably learnt that the reexamination of Tier I of CGLE 2013 may be held on 13th July 2014 in the other... fb.me/1kv2aRrVG
SSC has issued two notices on its website regarding reexamination of CGLE 2013. As I understand, the legal position is that there are at least two OAs filed before the Principal Bench, CAT, New Delhi seeking cancellation of Tier I and Tier II. In one of them there is an interim order or stay order barring SSC from proceeding further in the examination till disposal of the OA. SSC had obtained relaxation of the stay order for conducting Tier II. It has also filed another petition for further relaxation of the stay order to declare the result of Tier II. It had informed CAT during the last hearing that some proposals had been sent to DoPT and sought deferring the hearing. DoPT was goaded into action by the agitation of the candidates and issued a Press Note about re-examination in a few centres. SSC issued a Notice earlier that in 7 centres, namely, Delhi, Jaipur, Patna, Allahabad, Lucknow, Dehradun and Shimla both Tier I and II will be held again. It issued a further clarificatory notice on 7th February. The situation as it stands today, on the basis of Notices issued by the SSC, is the following: 1. For candidates who appeared for both Tier I and Tier II in the 7 centres there will be a re-examination. 2. Candidates who took Tier I in the 7 centres and Tier II in other centres will be required to take re-examination in Tier I only. 3. Candidates who took Tier II in these centres but Tier I in other centres will be required to take re-examination in Tier II only. 4. The re-examination will be for candidates who appeared for the Tier I in the 7 centres, irrespective of whether they qualified for Tier II or not, and all candidates of the 7 centres who appeared for Tier II. In other words such candidates who did not qualify in Tier I get another opportunity to take Tier I. 5. Only those candidates of these 7 centres who actually appeared for Tier I and/or Tier II in these centres will be called for the re-examination. Those who remained absent will not be called for the re-examination. The unknown factor could be the report of the CBI if they submit another report at all. All this is subject to CAT agreeing to the proposal of SSC in the next hearing. CAT may order outright cancellation of the examination, now that DoPT and SSC have conceded that there have been large scale aberrations in Tier I and Tier II in at least 7 centres. CAT, if the Third Party advocate is persuasive enough, may order conduct of either Tier II alone and restoration of Tier III can also not be ruled out. But the chance of this happening does not appear to be bright, though holding only Tier II again is logical and will serve the twin purpose of completing the examination quickly and screening out the candidates who have committed fraud in Tier I. It will also avoid the knotty issue of equalization in Tier II which can become contentious in future. There is no commitment by SSC on holding CGLE 2014- Tier I as per schedule or on a later date after CGLE 2013 reexamination. The response from candidates for CGLE 2014 appears to be overwhelming as word is spreading that this could be the last objective type examination. I expect the number of candidates to be in the range of at least 25 lakh and SSC may decide their prioritization of the two examinations after 25th Feb only. It is a mess from which extrication in an easy manner is just not possible. We have a saying in Tamil- if the beginning or start is vitiated or crooked, all other actions which follow it will also be so. MUDAL KONAL MUTTRUM KONAL. CGLE 2013 is a classical case which proves this saying. In any reexamination held in only a few centres and not all , the cut off will be the same as decided earlier. There cannot be a fresh cut off. Parliament Election Schedule may have impact on CGLE Reexam or CGLE 2014. We will have to wait and see. While EC's Code of Conduct may not be an issue, no examination can be held on Election day in any state. It could be tight rope walk by SSC in scheduling the reexamination. FCI candidates appear to be in for good times. With 18 days left in Feb there is good chance of the results in February itself or in early Mrch. I have an eye problem for which I am consulting Sankar Netralaya, Chennai. If I do not respond to individual queries for a few days bear with me.
Best of luck to those who will appear in CGL 2013 Tier I reexamination on 20th July. Do your best in the examination. More than that, do not allow any fraud in your examination hall.
I have been receiving large number of queries on FB and twitter regarding CGLE 2013. Unfortunately I do not have any reliable information. I would have personally liked the SSC to publish the answer keys and await 28th Nov. If CAT does not decide the case on 28th SSC should move the CAT for permission to declare the results of Tier II with the assurance that the final results will not be declared before the decision of CAT or with out its permission. It appears that SSC has decided to wait ofr 28th Nov on the premise that placement of answer keys on the website may tantamount to preparation of the results of Tier II. The candidates should respect the action of SSC and wait till 28th. There is no point in being panicky. Even if SSC proceeds after 28th there will be ample time to finish DEST/CPT and the interview and bring out the final result by 31st March. It is unfortunate that CAT is delaying decision on such an important case which will affect the future of large number of candidates. But courts often have their own logic.