VIKAS KAMAT, MARGAO
THE 8,000 candidates who appeared for the 80 posts of accountant in the common accounts cadre (direct recruitment) of the directorate of accounts have all failed to clear the preliminary examination. The notice on the examination had been advertised on October 31, 2017 and the exam was held on January 7, 2018. But the results were declared only on August 21, 2018. Although the exam (consisting of two papers) was a mixture of objective and descriptive questions, the delay of over seven months in declaring the results is not justified by any means. While the Opposition will use the exam results to target the government, I think that the abysmal result is the symptom of a greater malaise. As a retired banker, I had guided some of my young relatives regarding the basic concepts of economics which were part of the syllabus. The general feedback received by me was that the exam was difficult. The results tell us that incompetent candidates cannot be recruited, as accountants have an important role in the functioning of a government. It would be better to advertise the posts afresh. But the results should be declared within the stipulated timeframe. To weed out incompetent candidates, there needs to be an elimination test first. The Goa Public Service Commission holds such a computer-based recruitment test for all gazetted posts now, which makes sure that only a few candidates reach the next level. This helps in speeding up the evaluation process. The accounts directorate should follow suit in this regard. As Goans, we have much more to do: we have to stop blaming and try to ensure that our youth are indeed capable. Getting a degree alone does not make a person competent and capable. How many Goan youth do we see faring well in competitive examinations held at the national level? One may recall the fiasco during the junior scale officer recruitment held by the GPSC in 2017, where many non-Goan candidates had fared well but a few Goans had passed the CBRT. Our young people need to have more general awareness and a bent of mind which makes them suitable for the competitive recruitment process. Many political parties and NGOs have entered this chaos of the accountants’ exam; and the blame game is not at all helping. Capable Goan youth should be provided free training for the competitive exams, which alone will make them capable of aspiring for such coveted posts.