The State Government has deferred until 2014 its ‘controversial’ move to re-classify categories of posts under Group-I and Group-II services as Group-I (A), Group-I (B) and Group-II services. For the present, exams to these posts will be held as per the old system, a government order issued on Friday said.

The order clarified that the decision was taken in view of representations from aspirants and also the concerns of rural students.

In December 2012, the government had issued orders merging executive posts of Group-II service into the B-category of Group-I services. The government had argued that there was a need for a tougher selection process, in accordance with the job demands of these posts.

Aspirants opposed the decision, stating that Group-I posts were Class-I services whereas Group-II (executive posts) were Class-II services. So a single exam cannot be held for two different services. Another argument was that Group-I posts were of State-level cadre while Group-II posts were filled based on zonal recruitment, where reservation is applicable for a local candidate.

Aspirants also sought more time before such major changes were adopted.

The new system will come into effect only from 2014.

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