Over a year after the Modi government scrapped personal interviews for Class III and Class IVposts, the Himachal Pradesh government todayfollowed suit by issuing a notification in this regard. The marks of the screening test, along with academic merit, would be considered for these non-gazetted posts and no interview would be held henceforth, the notification said. In cases where the selection process has commenced but neither the screening test nor interviews have been held, the selection process would start de novo (from the beginning). Preference would be given to candidates belonging to the notified backward areas, families owning less than one hectare of land, those who do not have a family member in government service or working in a semi-government organisation, differently-abled persons, members of BPL families with an annual income of less than Rs 40,000, widows, divorcees, destitutes, unmarried women, lone daughters and orphans, the notification said.
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