New Delhi: In a major development, the Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission (UPPSC) has made a major change in the selection process for the state’s administrative services. The change, meant for candidates from the reserved categories, will ensure that there is no overlapping of reserved and general category candidates while preparing the final merit list of exams, including the Public Service Commission (PSC) exam.

From now on, the selection of a candidate, who enjoys the status of a reserved category candidate, will be made as per rules laid down for such categories. What this means, for example, is that if a reserved category candidate scores marks equivalent or more than the cutoff marks for the general category, there shall be no overlapping, and such a candidate shall only be evaluated as per the cutoff marks for the reserved category.

The new rule shall apply on screening exams too, which means that it is applicable on direct recruitments as well.

Earlier, a reserved category candidate scoring marks equivalent to or more than the cutoff marks for the general category, used to be overlapped and evaluated as per the rules for general category candidates. This practice has now been scrapped.

The decision to this effect was taken in a meeting of the UPPSC. In the meet, it was decided that this rule shall be applicable on all exams comprising the following three stages-Prelims, Mains and Interview-as well as screening exams.

In a statement, the UPPSC said, “The decision was not taken by the UPPSC unilaterally, but has been taken on the orders of the Supreme Court.” It added that all non-reserved category candidates, as well as all those, who, in their application form, fail to indicate their reserved category status, shall be evaluated only as per rules for the general category, even if their marks are equivalent to or more than cutoff marks for the reserved category.