UPSC model to be followed to bring in reforms in KPSC

Power to appoint members to remain with State Government

The State Cabinet on Friday decided to adopt the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) model to bring in the much-needed reforms in the Karnataka Public Service Commission (KPSC), as recommended by a three-member committee headed by former UPSC chairman P C Hota.

However, the State Cabinet decided that the power to appoint KPSC members should remain with the government and rejected the committee's recommendation to appoint a search committee for this purpose.

Speaking to reporters after the cabinet meeting, Minister for Law and Animal Husbandry T B Jayachandra said the practice of disclosing marks scored by the candidates prior to the completion of interview process will be done away with. Secrecy will be maintained till the selection process is completed on the lines of Union Public Service Commission, he added.

It is the disclosure of written examination marks that gives ample scope for manipulating the selection process with touts approaching the top scorers, offering lucrative posts in return for bribe.


The government appointed the committee to recommend measures to bring in reforms in KPSC following the recent allegation of irregularities in the recruitment of 362 Gazetted Probationers like Assistant Commissioners and Tahsildars.

The Criminal Investigation Department has been conducting a probe into these allegations. The other members of the committee were Additional Chief Secretary Kaushik Mukherjee and Department of Personnel and Administrative Reforms (DPAR) Principal Secretary D Sanjeev Kumar.

The committee in its report stated that marks scored by a candidate should be kept under wraps.

Even the KPSC chairman, members and those who conduct interview of candidates should not know the marks. Similarly, candidate should not know the identity of people who conduct the interview, the report said.

Jayachandra said the Cabinet has rejected three recommendations. The Cabinet thought it is appropriate if the government retains the power to appoint the members.

“The committee had recommended that the search panel should be headed by an Additional Chief Secretary rank officer. If the panel is headed by an officer, then it would recommend appointment of officers,” he added.

1:20 ratio

The Cabinet decided not to accept the recommendation to get examiners, especially for conducting the interview, from outside the State. Besides, the existing system of calling candidates for interview at 1:20 ratio will be continued. The committee had suggested to change it to 1:14 ratio, he added.

Key recommendations of panel

* Prepare guidelines for conducting interview
* Restrict entry to KPSC office
* Interview panel should be set up on the day of interview through lottery system
* Have four papers under common subjects (1,000 marks), two papers under
optional subjects (500 marks), an essay paper (250 marks), interview (200 marks)
* Set up a post called Examination Controller to oversee conducting competitive examinations, instead of giving this responsibility to the secretary

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