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Don’t insist on candidate’s identity certificate, govt tells UPSC

With an aim to check delay in the appointment of candidates for various government posts, the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has been asked not to insist on an identity certificate. A large number of officers are appointed in the Central government through a selection process conducted by recruiting agencies like UPSC.

Once the list of successful candidates are recommended by these agencies, the appointing authorities undertake verification of the character and antecedents of the candidates for which the recommended candidates have to fill up an attestation form on which the verification is carried out.

At present, the attestation form includes identity certificate. 

The Commission has been advised not to insist on an identity certificate and to dispense with this provision in future, an order issued by Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) said.In a related development, the Centre has decided to change its policy of antecedents verification and character check done prior to appointment in government services by relying on self-declaration.
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