Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Junior Secretariat Assistant, Limited Departmental Competitive Examination Rules, 2018
Published vide Notification No. G.S.R. 1159(E), dated 19.11.2018
Last Updated 4th January, 2019 [act3346]
G.S.R. 1159(E). – In exercise of the powers conferred by the proviso to article 309 of the Constitution and in supersession of the Ministry of Information Technology, Lower Division Clerk’s Grade, Departmental Competitive Examination Rules, 2000, except as respects things done or omitted to be done before such supersession, the President hereby makes the following rules regulating the Limited Departmental Competitive Examination for promotion to the post of Junior Secretariat Assistant in the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, namely: –
1. Short title and commencement. – (1) These rules may be called the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Junior Secretariat Assistant, Limited Departmental Competitive Examination Rules, 2018.
(2) They shall come into force on the date of their publication in the Official Gazette.
2. Definition. – In these rules unless the context otherwise requires, –
(a) “appointing authority” means the Director or Deputy Secretary (Personnel) to the Government of India, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology;
(b) “approved service” means Multi Tasking Staff in level-1 in the pay matrix (Rs. 18,000-56,900) in the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology who have rendered a total of three years of service which should include at least two years of regular and continuous service in that level-1 in the pay matrix on the crucial date;
(c) “available vacancy” means a vacancy in the post of Junior Secretariat Assistant’s grade in the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology which is required to be filled up on the basis of the results of the examination;
(d) “crucial date” means the first day of January of the year of the vacancies for which such examination is held;
(e) “examination” means the Limited Departmental Competitive Examination for promotion to the post of Junior Secretariat Assistant held in the manner specified in the Schedule;
(f) “recruitment year” means the period commencing from the 1st day of January and ending on the 31st day of December of the same year;
(g) “Schedule” means the Schedule annexed to these rules;
(h) “Scheduled Castes” and “Scheduled Tribes” shall have the meanings respectively assigned to them in clauses (24) and (25) of article 366 of the Constitution of India.
3. Conditions of eligibility. – Multi Tasking Staff in level-1 in the pay matrix (Rs. 18,000-56,900) in the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology who satisfy the following conditions on the crucial date shall be eligible to appear in the Limited Departmental Competitive examination:
(i) should have rendered a total of three years of approved service which should include at least two years of regular and continuous service in that level-1 in the pay matrix;
(ii) the maximum age-limit for eligibility for examination is 45 years (50 years in case of the candidate belonging to the Scheduled Caste and the Scheduled Tribes).
(iii) Passed 12th Standard Examination from a recognised Board.
4. Holding of the examination. – (1) The appointing authority shall notify the dates and place of the examination and number of available and anticipated vacancies assessed at the time of announcing the examination. The examination shall be conducted after the expiry of at least thirty days from the date of notifying the vacancies in the manner specified in the Schedule which may be held before the 31st March of the recruitment year.
(2) The number of vacancies reserved for the Scheduled Castes, the Scheduled Tribes and other special categories of person, if any, shall be clearly indicated in the said notification.
5. Results. – (1) On the basis of the aggregate marks secured by the candidate in Part I and Part II of the examination, a merit list containing the names of the successful candidates in order of merit shall be notified, keeping in view the number of vacancies and anticipated vacancies, if any, falling in the recruitment year. The standards of evaluation for candidates belonging to the Schedule Castes and the Schedule Tribes shall be as per the Government instructions from time to time.
(2) The candidates for appointment against the available vacancies shall be considered in the order in which their names appear in the merit list prepared under sub-rule (1).
(3) The merit list shall remain in operation till the notified vacancies are filled up or upto a period of 18 months from the date of its approval by the appointing authority or till next merit list is approved by the appointing authority, whichever is earlier.
6. Appointment. – The inclusion of the name of any candidate in the merit list shall not confer a right to appointment and he shall be appointed by the appointing authority only after satisfying itself that no vigilance or disciplinary case is either pending or contemplated against the candidate and after taking into account his placement in the merit list, the reservation of posts or such other requirements as may be laid down by statutory orders or rules issued by the Central Government, from time to time, in this regard.
7. Method of recruitment. – (i) Seventy per cent. by direct recruitment through Staff Selection Commission; (ii) twenty per cent. by Limited Departmental Competitive Examination; (iii) ten per cent. by promotion; and failing (i) to (iii) by deputation or absorption.
8. Removal of name from merit list on resignation, etc. – (1) In case a candidate after appearing at the examination resigns from the service or whose services are terminated or who is appointed to an excadre post or to any other service and does not have a lien on any of the posts mentioned in rule 3, his name shall not be included in the merit list, or if included in the said merit list shall be struck off therefrom.
(2) Where a candidate, whose name is included in the said merit list, is appointed to an ex-cadre post or is transferred to another department of the Central Government with the permission of the appointing authority and continue to have a lien on any of the posts mentioned in rule 3, shall not be appointed as Junior Secretariat Assistant till he resumes the duties in the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology on his initial post during the period the merit list remains in force:
Provided that his claim for proforma promotion may be considered by the appointing authority in accordance with the orders and rules of the Central Government, issued in his behalf from time to time.
9. Penalty for impersonation or other misconduct. – A candidate, who is or has been declared by the appointing authority to be guilty of –
(i) obtaining support for his candidature by any means; or
(ii) impersonation; or
(iii) procuring impersonation by any person; or
(iv) submitting fabricated documents or documents which have been tampered with; or
(v) making statements which are incorrect or false or suppressing material information; or
(vi) resorting to any other irregular or improper means in connection with his candidature for the examination; or
(vii) using unfair means in the examinations hall; or
(viii) misbehaving in the examination hall; or
(ix) attempting to commit or, as the case may be, abetting the Ministry of all or any of the acts specified in clauses (i) to (viii);
may, in addition to the criminal proceedings, liable –
(a) to be disqualified by the appointing authority from the examination; or
(b) to disciplinary action, under the appropriate rules. Provided that no penalty under this rule shall be imposed except after –
(i) giving the candidate an opportunity of making such representation in writing as he may wish to make in that behalf; and
(ii) taking the representation, if any submitted by the candidate within the period allowed to him, into consideration.
10. Power to relax. – Where the Appointing Authority is satisfied that the operation of any of these rules causes undue hardship in any class category of persons or posts, it may dispense with or relax the requirement of the rule to such extent and subject conditions, as it may consider necessary.
(See rule 4)
The examination shall be conducted in the following two parts, namely: –
Written examination shall carry a maximum of 200 marks. The subject of the written examination, the maximum marks allotted to each paper and the time limit allowed shall be as follows, namely: –
Language (General English or Saamanya Hindi) (50 questions) – 50 marks.
(50 questions) – 50 marks
2. Syllabus for examination. – Where Knowledge of The Rules, Orders, Instructions Etc. Is Required, Candidates Will Be Expected to be Conversant with Amendments Issued up to the Date of Notification of this Examination.
One Essay of 400-500 words to be written on any of the several specified subjects.
Candidates will be tested in simple composition, and applied grammar, knowledge of current events and of such matters of every day observation and experience, general information about India.
3. The candidates are allowed the option to answer on paper-I and Paper-II either in English or Hindi.
Note 1. – The option will be for a complete paper and not for different question in the same paper.
Note 2. – Candidates desirous of exercising the option to answer the aforesaid paper in Hindi (Devnagari) or in English should indicate clearly in the application form, otherwise, it would be presumed that they would answer the paper in English.
Note 3. – The option once exercised shall be treated as final and no request for change shall be entertained later on. No credit shall be given for examination taken in a language other than the one opted for by the candidate.
Note 4. – Candidates exercising the option to answer the paper in Hindi (Devanagari) may, if they so desire, give English version within brackets of the description of the technical terms, if any, in addition to the Hindi version.
4. Penalty for wrong answers (in Objective Type Papers). – There Will Be Penalty (Negative Marking) For Wrong Answers Marked By A Candidate In The Objective Question Papers:
(i) There are four alternatives for the answer to every question. For each question for which a wrong answer has been given by the candidate, one fourth (0.25) of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted as penalty.
(ii) If a candidate gives more than one answer, it will be treated as a wrong answer even if one of the given answers happens to be correct and there will be same penalty as above for that question.
(iii) If a question is left blank, i.e. no answer is given by the candidate, there will be no penalty for that question.
5. The minimum qualifying marks in each of the two subjects in Part I should be 35 per cent and aggregate marks should be 45 per cent.
6. Marks will not be allotted for mere superficial knowledge.
7 Deduction upto 5% of the maximum marks in the descriptive paper will be made for illegible handwriting.
8. Credit shall be given for neat and methodical expression of ideas with due economy of words in the written answers.
9. The decision of the Ministry with regard to the acceptance of the application of a candidate and his eligibility or otherwise for admission to the examination shall be final.
10. Appearance of candidates in all the two papers is a must for qualifying in the examination. The Ministry has the discretion to fix minimum qualifying marks in any or all the subjects of the examination.
Liability to pass typewriting test. – The candidates, who qualify in the written examination, shall be required to pass a test in typewriting, at a minimum speed of 35 words per minutes in English or 30 words per minute in Hindi only on computer (35 w.p.m. and 30 w.p.m. correspond to 10500 KDPH/9000 KDPH on an average of 5 key depressions for each word) within a period of one year from the date of their appointment, failing which no annual increments shall be allowed to them until they have passed the said test or exempted under the relevant rules with the approval of Competent Authority. The typewriting test will consist of a running matter of 10 minutes duration.