GUWAHATI, Dec 1 � The chairman of Staff Selection Commission (SSC) NK Raghupathy today urged the candidates of the Northeast to apply for various vacancies advertised by the SSC in large numbers as the posts meant for the region are being filled up by candidates of other areas.
Raghupathy was in Guwahati for a campaign for 2013 recruitment for filling up vacancies of constable, which would be notified on December 15, 2012. The closing date for applications is January 11, 2013, which has been extended to January 18 for the NE region. A month-long radio campaign would also be launched to reach the far-flung areas from December 13. Physical standard and efficiency tests would be held in February-March, 2013 and the written examinations would be held on May 12, 2013. The final results would be declared on September 30, 2013.
Addressing the media here, Raghupathy said that the SSC is adopting new measures to create awareness about the vacancies advertised by it. However, despite the innovative approaches like trilingual question papers and free distribution of application forms, sufficient applications are not reaching the SSC from most of the Northeastern States, except Assam.
�The Northeast still continues to be a deficit zone and it is evident from the fact that in 2010-11, out of 1.38 lakh applications received for recruitment of riflemen in Assam Rifles, there were only 7000 applications, and rest were from outside the region. Though there is an improvement in 2012 recruitment, there is still a huge shortfall,� he said.
He also asked the state governments of the region to supplement the efforts of the SSC to create awareness about the posts advertised under the board and the procedure to appear for the various examinations.
Among the Northeastern States, Assam constitutes the biggest share which is 65 per cent of the applicants followed by Manipur which is 14 per cent and Meghalaya, which is 9 per cent. Mizoram has the lowest representation, which is 1 to 2 per cent amongst the NE states.
The Commission has been entrusted with the responsibility of conducting recruitment of riflemen for Assam Rifles and constables for Central Armed Police Forces since 2011.
The Chairman SSC also inaugurated the new web page of the SSC for Northeast region (sscner.org.in) which contains all the information related to status of the application of candidates. The candidates can also download admission certificates and call letters from the website.