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The Andhra Pradesh Departmental Tests Rules, 1965 – Amendment to Rule 17 – Orders – Issued. G.O.MS.No. 101, Dated: 25-09-2020.

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 The  Andhra Pradesh  Departmental  Tests Rules, 1965 – Amendment to Rule  17 – Orders – Issued.

 GENERAL ADMINISTRATION  (SER.C) DEPARTMENT 

G.O.MS.No. 101                                                                 Dated: 25-09-2020. 




Read the following:

1. G.O.Ms  No.1397, G.A.(Rules)  Dept., dated 24-7-1965. 

2. G.O.Ms. No.602, G.A.(Ser.C)  Dept., dated 01-11-2011.

 3. G.O.Ms. No.288, G.A.(Ser.C)Dept.,dated10-9-2014. 

4. G.O.Ms. No.55, G.A.(Ser.C)Dept., dated 02-05-2017. 

5. From  the  Secretary, APPSC, Lr. No.459/DT/2019, dt.17-10-2019.

 6. From  the  Secretary, APPSC, Lr. No.130/RR/2017, dt.03-09-2020.


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 O R D E R:


    In  the G.O. first read above, the Andhra Pradesh Departmental  Tests  Rules, 1965 were  issued. In  the  G.O. second above,  the  duration of  the  examination was reduced  from  three (3) hours to  two  (2) hours duly  amending  Rule  14  (a) (iii) of the  said  Rules,  1965.   In  the  G.O.  third  read  above,  Rule  14  (a)  (iii)  and Annexure-III  of Rule  20 were amended  prescribing  the  duration  of  the  tests of Descriptive type pattern as three (3)  hours except Second Language Test which is of two (2)  hours duration and for Objective  Type pattern tests,  it was prescribed as two (2) hours duration. 

2. In  the G.O. fourth  read above, among others, negative  marking  system  was introduced  in  Departmental  Tests  conducted by the  APPSC from  November, 2017 onwards duly  amending the Rule  17 of  the Andhra Pradesh Departmental  Tests Rules,  1965.   In  terms of  the orders,  for every  wrong   answer,  1/3rd  (0.33)  of marks prescribed  for the  question  shall  be  deducted, unanswered questions will not be  taken  into  account and also  passing marks are  lessened by 5%  in  all Objective Tests i.e.,  35  marks  instead of  40.   In case of Divisional  Test and A.P. Works Accounts Services examination, the minimum pass marks is  reduced to 35% marks in  each paper and 40% in  aggregate instead of 40 marks and 45% respectively.  3. In  the letters fifth and sixth read above,  the Secretary, Andhra Pradesh po Public  Service Commission has stated that the Commission  has received many representations including  from  public  representatives and teacher associations requesting for removal  of  negative marks  in  Departmental  Tests to ease the burden on employees and  to  alleviate the stress  that they have to  undergo over nonrelease of increments  and non-acquisition of  promotions.   He has,  therefore, requested the Government to  remove  the  negative  marking system  and delete  the provisions added to  rule  17 of  Departmental  Tests Rules, 1965  issued  vide  G.O. fourth read above,  on  the  following  grounds:

       i)  Prior  to  introduction  of  negative  marks, the minimum  pass marks were 40% which,  after  introduction of negative marks and  it  was reduced to 35%.   In  spite  of  the  reduction  in  minimum  qualifying marks,  the introduction  of tests on-line and  the introduction of  negative marks have had  an adverse effect on the candidates.  Most of  them  are  getting  on  in  age and  are denied their promotions or  increments because of their failure to clear the tests; 

       ii)  A Study of  the  pass  percentage  relating  to the Departmental  Tests prior to and after introduction  of negative marks  shows the drastic decline  in  pass percentage,  especially  in  case of combination tests. As per the law of averages, the pass  percentage has declined overall  (average taken on 3 sessions without negative  marks and 5  sessions with negative  marks),  even after reduction  in  minimum qualifying marks;  and

      iii) No such procedure exists  in  the  States  of Telangana, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. 

4.   Government, after careful  examination of the matter, hereby remove  the negative  marking system  in  Departmental  Tests conducted by the  Andhra Pradesh Public  Service  Commission  duly  restoring  the  minimum  pass  marks  as  fixed earlier and  make  the following  amendments to  the Andhra Pradesh  Departmental  Tests Rules, 1965,  issued in G.O. first read above as amended from  time to time and it will come into effect from  the next notification. 

AMENDMET

In  the  said  rules,  under  rule  17,  the  second  and  third  provisos  shall  be  deleted. 


(BY ORDER AND IN THE NAME OF  THE GOVERNOR  OF  ANDHRA  PRADESH)  

SHASHI  BHUSHAN  KUMAR   

SECRETARY TO  GOVERNMENT (SER.)



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