Assam introduces ‘Transgender’ category in APSC civil services exam application form
The Assam Public Service Commission (APSC) has taken a progressive step towards gender equality by introducing ”transgender” as an option in the gender category in the state civil and allied services examination application form and has received 42 applications in this category, an official said on Friday.
The Commission had issued an addendum on September 15 to earlier notice, to include transgender, for the first time, in the gender category for the Combined Competitive (Preliminary) Examinations 2020, APSC Chairman Pallav Bhattacharya said.
“We have received 42 applications in this category for recruitment to the posts of Assam Civil Services junior grade and other allied services,” Bhattacharya said, as per PTI reports.
The “Transgender” option has already been introduced by the Union Public Service Commission in its recruitment process, by Assam became the first state to introduce the option in the state commission, an official of APSC added.
42 applications received in the transgender category
While talking about the addition of this category in APSC application forms, the chairman of the commission said, “We have received 42 applications in this category for recruitment to the posts of Assam Civil Services junior grade and other allied services.”
Considering the social and economic status of the community in the state, applications by 42 transgenders is very good news, said Vice-Chairperson of the Assam State Transgender Welfare Board, Swati Bidhan Baruah.
Altogether 83,251 applicants have submitted forms till the last day of submission on October 25. The APSC has also introduced online submission of forms this year.
Courtesy : India Today