NA exam syllabus format reworked
By A Staff Reporter
Kathmandu, June 17: The examination syllabus for the Nepali Army (Security/ Public Agency) as per the new format of the Public Service Commission (PSC) has been reviewed, according to the Army Headquarters.
The Nepali Army was under pressure after half of total applicants aspiring to join the force were unable to pass the exam.
Every year, the success rate has been below 80 per cent in the force.
A review committee chaired by member of the PSC reviewed the syllabus two months ago, according to Nepali Army Headquarters spokesperson and Brigadier General Bigyan Dev Pandey.
A four-member review committee headed by Krishna Chandra Jha, PSC member, reviewed the syllabus of two separate papers, each with 100 full marks, for the posts of officers’ cadet (second lieutenant), junior commissioned officers (JCOs) and non-commissioned junior officers (NCOs).
The review committee members included Defence Secretary, Adjutant General, and Directorate of Recruitment Selection as member secretary. A meeting of review committee held on April 8, 2019 took the decision, according to Pandey.
As per the review in the syllabus, now all levels of examinees willing to join the NA will be taking 50 per cent exams in the PSC format and remaining 50 per cent in the format prepared by the NA. The minimum pass mark in both categories is 40 out of total 100 marks.
As per the reviewed syllabus, the examinees appearing for the posts of JCO and NCOs do not have to translate Nepali texts into English and vice versa, he said.
Meanwhile, Deputy Inspector General (DIG) and spokesperson of the Armed Police Force (APF) Suraj Kumar Shrestha said that the Headquarters had submitted a proposal to the Ministry of Home Affairs seeking a review in the syllabus prepared for the APF job applicants.
After the PSC had started taking the examination of all four security bodies including the National Investigation Department, the pass rate of the examinees have declined sharply.
“We still need 7,635 soldiers to fill up the vacancies created after the retirement of soldiers, but we are finding it difficult to make up the gap due to the tough examination model of the PSC,” Pandey said.
During the fiscal year 2018/19, only 154 out of 3,773 applicants passed the examination taken for the post of second lieutenants. The vacancy was called for 200 officers. Also, in 2018/19 only 737 had passed the exams taken for the vacancies of 3,916 soldiers.
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