The coronavirus pandemic has developed a troubling situation all over the world. More than a million people have been infected with the lethal virus, and many have been killed worldwide. Governments around the world have instituted regional lockdowns to prevent the transmission of this highly infectious virus.

Apart from threatening people’s lives, the coronavirus pandemic has also generated a sense of urgency as an epidemic has now struck economies around the globe.


Government Jobs at stake

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has postponed the Civil Service Preliminary Exam. Large-scale recruiting for bank workers, exams by the Staff Selections Commission (SSC) for various Central Government free job alert positions, and assessments by various State Public Service Commissions are scheduled for this month.

The Institute for Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) has issued a timeline for the exams planned for the year, and many are concerned about the potential delay following COVID-19.


Final Results Delayed

  • The IBPS was due to report the final results of some of the experiments carried out in the first week of April last year. In the update on its site, IBPS related the delay of results to “unforeseen circumstances triggered by COVID-19” and did not include a new date for the declaration of results. 
  • While IBPC announced that the recruitment test for positions in Regional Rural Banks (RRBs) would be held on 1 August, the process has not yet begun and is likely to be postponed. 
  • The UPSC did not have a new date for the preliminary test, initially scheduled for 30 May.
  • Approximately five Lakh students apply for Civil Service Examination (CSE) every year for 700-800 places, including IAS, Indian Foreign Service, and Indian Police Service. The test for this year is set to take place on 31 May.
  • The Staff Selection Commission ( SSC) has postponed the exams, including those for junior engineers and stenographers, and declared that it would later review the situation. Andhra Pradesh Public Service Commission has also delayed the intermediate examination of Category I facilities.


Future of government jobs

As history leads the private sector into the modern world of work, businesses worldwide are changed. When we humans continue to work with the intelligence of machines, government departments will do more, do better, and do things differently.

There are three dimensions to the future of government work:

  • The way public sector work is performing should change working technologies, such as digital robotics and cognitive technology. Such emerging innovations can allow workers to generate higher value and improve professional satisfaction with their constituents.
  • Technology-friendly workforce, government, both internally and externally, will increasingly take up a range of working arrangements to provide more diverse pools of skills.
  • Workforce Innovation must redefine the workforce and the corporate support for new models for hiring talent. Such reforms would affect physical workspaces and strategies to encourage the well-being and efficiency of workers (including remote work).

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