Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while addressing India through ‘Mann ki Baat’ on 25 October 2015 announced that there shall be no interview round for the candidates applying for Group D, C and Group B's non-gazetted posts in the Union Government of India. This shall come into effect from 01 January 2016.
However, the PM further announced that there shall be no interference in the present recruitment process that is going on.
The decision to abolish interview round is a result of PM’s promise that he made on 15 August 2015. He had committed to remove this round after written examination in an attempt to abolish corruption at grass root levels. Jitendra Singh, the Union Minister of Personnel, has also recently given a written letter to all the chief ministers, asking them to find out and report all such posts which shall be exempted from interview, as per this decision.
The decision will be beneficial for lakhs of aspirants who appear for these jobs every year in various departments of the Union Government. There are a total of 36 lakh employees in the Union Government and out of this, 95 percent fall into the Group D, C and Group B's non-gazetted categories. There are just minor 5 percent aspirants who come under Group A and Group B's gazetted services category, the recruitment of which is done usually by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).
The junior level appointment in the Union Government is done on the basis of written examinations and interviews, which is usually conducted by Staff Selection Commission (SSC).