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Parliamentary’ panel proposes legal status for SSC

Parliamentary’ panel proposes legal status for SSC

A Parliamentary Standing Committee (PSC) has recommended that the Centre accord statutory status to the Staff Selection Commission (SSC), one of the largest recruitment agencies in the country.

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) and all State Public Service Commissions either have constitutional or legal status.

The SSC is the only such organisation that performs similar functions on a much larger scale, but does not enjoy statutory status.

SSC: Why it is needed a statutory status?

The SSC was created to ease the burden of the UPSC by taking over the recruitment for posts below the Group ‘A’ level.

There has been a phenomenal increase in the workload of the SSC, from 9.94 lakh candidates in 2008-09 to over 2 crore in 2016-17.

While the workload and responsibilities of the SSC have increased exponentially over the years, it has remained an “attached body” under the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), and has to depend entirely on the government for all its needs, with no autonomy.

SSC which conducts common eligibility test at three levels: matriculation, intermediate and graduation. It is quite possible that in the future it will attract 5 crore candidates and conducting exams for them will be difficult task.

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