PSC struggles to find vacancies for KAS

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Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Public Service Commission (PSC) is struggling to find vacancies for posts that fall under Kerala Administrative Service (KAS) despite the government making moves to increase direct recruitment.

KAS was formed by incorporating vacancies for Class II (Gazetted) officers in 29 departments under the state government and 10 per cent vacancies in administrative officer and financial assistant posts in General service.

105 vacancies were identified for the first batch of KAS. However, PSC failed to identify any vacancies in the next batch. Therefore, PSC is unable to issue any notification this year.

According to KAS rules, vacancies must be listed once in two years. The first notification was issued in 2019. However, the notification for the next batch was not issued in 2021.

Following this, PSC prepared the list of vacancies during the start of the year. However, a cold approach from the state government led PSC to drop plans of issuing a notification.

The current rank list expires in October. Meanwhile, the secretariat recommended that two-thirds of the vacancies should be filled through direct recruitment and the rest through department-level transfers.

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