According to a Personnel Ministry order, all central government departments were asked to include "transgender" as a separate category for recruitment exams (i.e. SSC, UPSC etc). This move is per the provisions of the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act, notified in December last year.
The ministry stated that the matter regarding the inclusion of "Third Gender/any Other Category" in the application forms in recruitment to various posts under the central government, was under consideration of the government for quite some time
Based on the provisions of the Act & the legal opinion received on the subject, civil services examination rules, 2020 have been announced on February 5, 2020, providing for inclusion of 'Transgender' as a separate category of gender for the said exam, it said in an order issued to the secretaries of all central government departments.
'All ministries & departments of the government of India are requested to modify the relevant examination rules providing for inclusion of 'Transgender' as a separate category of gender, so as to make the said Rules in conformity with the provisions of The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2019,' the Personnel Ministry said.
The legislation provides that no establishment shall discriminate against transgender persons in matters relating to employment, recruitment, promotion and other related issues. It also provides for grievance redressal mechanism in each establishment and the establishment of a National Council for Transgender Persons.
(With Inputs from PTI)