For the first time, the constable recruitment examination in the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) will be conducted in 13 regional languages in addition to Hindi and English.
This was announced by the Mnistry of Home Affairs with an aim to increasing the participation of local youth in the force.
The Examination will be conducted from February 20 to March 7 for around 48 lakh candidates in 128 cities across the country.
“Under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and guidance of Union Home Minister Amit Shah, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) had decided to conduct the Constable (General Duty) examination for recruitment in CAPFs in 13 regional languages in addition to Hindi and English from January 1 this year. This historic decision has been taken on the initiative of Shah to increase the participation of local youth in the CAPFs and to promote regional languages,” according to an official statement.
Last year, political leaders in southern states had objected to only Hindi and English being the language options for the recruitment test. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin had shot off a letter to Home Minister Amit Shah and said the exclusion of Tamil from the CAPF exam was “discriminatory” and “unilateral.”
He had also sought a revised notification for the exam, with the state languages option included.
The CAPFs comprise the CRPF, the Border Security Force (BSF), the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) and the National Security Guard (NSG).
“Question papers of Constable (General Duty) examination will now be prepared in the 13 regional languages: Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Marathi, Malayalam, Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Odia, Urdu, Punjabi, Manipuri, and Konkani. Constable GD Examination is one of the flagship examinations conducted by the Staff Selection Commission (SSC) attracting lakhs of youths from across the country.
Therefore, MHA and SSC have signed an MoU to facilitate conduct of the examination in the 13 regional languages. Accordingly, SSC has issued notification to conduct the Constable (GD) Examination, 2024 in 13 other regional languages in addition to English and Hindi,” it said, adding that the youth across the country have bot a golden opportunity to participate examination and make a career in the service of the Nation.
“The decision will result in lakhs of youth taking part in the examination in their mother tongue/regional language and improve their selection prospects. As a result, the reach of this examination will increase among the candidates in the entire country and everyone will get an equal opportunity for employment,” it added.