[AI] Policy for Examination

sweety.bhalla sweety.bhalla at ifciltd.com
Thu Feb 14 05:49:35 EST 2008

What about Indian Institute of Banking & Finance, which provides 10 minutes
per hour and the scribe their own choice.
(Sweety Bhalla)
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Subject: [AI] Policy for Examination

This is the view of State Bank of India.
State Bank of India

Central Recruitment & Promotion Department,
Corporate Centre, Tulsiani Chambers

1st Floor (West Wing), 212,
Free Press Journal Marg,
Nariman Point, Mumbai - 400021.

Tel. No.: 91 - 022 - 2282 O427.

Fax: 91 - 022 - 2282 0411.

E-mail: crpd at sbi.co.in

Under Secretary to the Govt. of India,

Ministry of Finance,

Department of Financial Services,

Jeevan Deep,
10, Parliament Street,

New Delhi-110001.

No. CRPD/AB/2007/891
Dated: November 14, 2007

Dear Sir,

Notice of Hearing U/S 63 of The Persons With Disabilities Act 1995 Case No.

We refer to your letter No. F.3/6/2007-SCT (B) dated 6th November 2007 in
the captioned matter.

In this connection, we have to advise that the scribes are allowed to help
the persons with visual/locomotive impairment  to read the question paper
and write the answers relating to concerned examinations. Until July 2007,
we had allowed scribes on following terms and conditions to assist the
visually/locomotor impaired candidates in terms of guidelines issued by the
Office of the Chief Commissioner for Disabilities vide letter no. 27–
UP(38)/C.C.D/2000/5751 dated 10.05.2000 (Annexure 'A')–

  1.. Scribe/Writer must be on grade junior in academic qualification from
the candidate.
  2.. Scribe/Writer should be one possessing 50% or less marks.
  3.. Scribe/Writer should be from academic discipline other than that of
the candidate.
  4.. Scribe/Writer should be arranged by the candidate at their own cost
(discretion has been given to the examining authority).

In the meantime, we received a notice from the Dy. Chief Commissioner, In
the Court of the Chief Commissioner for Persons With Disabilities on a
complaint filed by the National Association for the Blind (Annexure 'B'),
wherein the Court took cognizance of raising of the limit for scribes to 60%
by some Banks. Earlier, the complainant had requested us to raise/liberalize
the criteria on the basis of their letter no. EMP:SVK/2007/64 dated May 15,
2007, wherein they provided us with a copy of Court Order No. PIL No.
129of2003 and         Maharashtra Government directives vide circular no.
06-07/2951 dated December 20, 2006 (Annexure ‘C’). The following guidelines
have been laid down by the Maharashtra Government therein relating to
qualification of a scribe-
a)      It is desirable that the candidate and the scribe are from the same

b)      In case the candidate avails the services of his/her own
scribe/writer, the scribe/writer should be one grade junior in academic
qualification than the candidate if from the same stream. However, this
condition shall not apply if the scribe/writer is from a different stream.

c)      No other restriction should be imposed on the selection of a

It would appear-from the order that the above guidelines are mainly for
academic examinations involving streams like Arts, Science and Commerce etc.
and are applicable for tests conducted by Maharashtra Government and not for
All India tests like our recruitment examinations.

On the complaint of National Association for the Blind, the Commission also
directed the State Bank of India to appear before it (Annexure 'B'). We
appeared before the Commission and put forth our viewpoint and also made our
submissions vide our letter no. CRPD/AB/2007/243 dated August 01, 2007
(Annexure 'D'). However, on the advise of the Commission (Annexure 'E'), the
Bank agreed to raise the marks stipulation to 60% as an interim measure.

In this matter though the Commission has not directed us on any issue in its
record of proceedings dated 18th October 2007, we are of the view that our
recruitment examinations are of the nature of competitive examinations,
which generally covers all streams of educations and it is essential that
the scribe possess lesser marks than the candidate. As the minimum
graduation marks are usually fixed at 50-55% for SC/ST/PWD candidates, it
was appropriate that the scribe should not have more than 50% marks.
Secondly, as per the complainant, it is very difficult to get scribes/writer
with marks of 50% or less. We do not agree with this. We still strongly
believe in the Commission's earlier directives, cited above. The persons
with impairment  need scribes who can clearly read the question paper arid
write the answer as directed by the candidate. For this, the scribe/writer
need not be highly qualified. A class X/XII/Intermediate/graduate passed
candidate, who is fit and alert, is sufficient for this purpose. This was
the substance of our argument placed before the Commission.

Submitted for your information.

Yours faithfully.

General Manager

Encl: as above.

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 No. 27-UP (38)/C.C.D/2000/5751

Mr. Harinder Singh
Joint secretary
Department of Personnel and Training

North Block, New Delhi

Sub: - Modifications In the written tests and Interviews for persons with
disabilities in the matter of direct recruitment/selection or promotion.

Dear Sir,

In the recent past several complaints pertaining to discrimination in the
written tests and interviews have been reported by persons with
disabilities. In order to equalize opportunities for the disabled in the
matter of written tests and Interviews for Recruitment/Selection or
promotion certain arrangement needs to be provided such as:


(a)     Blind/Low vision persons due to the nature of their disability
cannot negotiate the question paper available in Ink print, unless a sighted
person reads out the question paper to them. Therefore, it becomes
absolutely necessary that a sighted assistant is made available for
blind/low vision persons for reading the question paper.

(b)     Similarly/the Blind/Low vision persons can write their assignment in
braille script which the sighted examiners cannot comprehend, therefore, it
is essential that the blind/low vision persons are provided with the
assistance of a scribe/writer for the purpose of writing the tests for
recruitment or promotion.

(c)     Person having impairment of movement in arms and hands though can
read independently but have problem in writing the test at a high speed,
therefore, require assistance of a scribe for the purpose of writing the
tests for recruitment or promotion.

(d)     The persons with disabilities (Equal opportunities, protection of
Rights and Full participation) Act1995 in section 31 states
“All educational institutions shall provides or cause to be provided
amanuensis to blind students and students with or low vision."

In view of the above, it is suggested that all establishments conducting
written tests for recruitment to jobs or promotion should ensure that
persons who are blind/low vision or locomotor impaired in both hands and
both arms should be provided with the assistance of a scribe or writer, for
the purpose of writing test for recruitment to jobs or promotion to next
grade. Blind/low vision persons are already getting the facility of a writer
for the purpose of school and college examinations. Therefore, providing
writers for taking, recruitment test and promotion tests, is fully

Writers/Scribes should be provided on following terms and conditions:

i)                    Scribe/Writer must be one grade junior in academic
qualification from the candidate.
ii)                   Scribe/Writer should be one possessing 50% or less

iii)                 Scribe/Writer should be from academic discipline other
than that of the candidate,

iv)                 Scribe/writer should either be provided by the examining
authority or can be arranged by the candidate. This is at the discretion of
the examining authority,


It is evident that the candidate who writes the test with the assistance of
a scribe/writer would write at a slower pace. Whereas the, candidate speaks
the answer and the writer writes the, answer after-listening to the answer
of the candidate. In this process the time consumed in writing the answer is
higher than that of the non-disabled candidates. With the view to judge the
performance of candidates writing tests with the help of scribes and
candidates writing test by themselves it is necessary to equalize the
opportunities by granting extra time. The examining authorities are advised

(i)                  For a written test,of1 hour duration, at least 20
minutes extra time should be allotted.

(ii)                Similarly, for written tests Involving more than one or
less than one hour extra time should be worked out on the basisof20 minutes
per one hour.


Sec. 30 (f) of the Disability Act stipulates,

“Without prejudice to the foregoing provisions, the appropriate Governments
shall by notification prepare a comprehensive education scheme which shall
make Provision for suitable modification in the examination system to
eliminate purely mathematical questions for the benefit of blind students
and students with low vision;”

For blind/low-vision persons purely mathematical questions should be
eliminated as per Sec. 30 (f). It would be logical to eliminate, those
sections from the written test which are purely visual In nature such as
graphs, pictures or maps. If, the blind persons are exempted from purely
mathematical questions it would be appropriate to suitably modify other
visual sections too. Therefore, it is suggested that all, the examining
authorities must; issue instructions to the paper setters so that
alternative questions of' equal value are worked out for blind and low
vision students in lieu of the purely visual questions. In case where
alternative questions in lieu of the purely visual questions are not
provided then, the candidates must be awarded marks on such sections based
on the overall average of marks otherwise obtained by the candidates in
other sections of the paper barring those Involving visual sections. This
would equalize opportunities in the written test for the disabled.


Interview is an important part of any recruitment process. Persons with
Hearing Impairment and Speech Impairment, though having excellent
communication skills must use services of an interpreter during the
interview. This would ensure smooth and better communication between
interviewers and the Hearing Impaired and Speech Impaired interviewees.
Presence of the Interpreter would rule out possibility of communication
gaps. Interpreter should be ideally of the disabled person’s choice from the
same city because in the sign language there are as many dialects as in the
spoken language. Interpreter from one language zone can, not Interpret for
another linguistic zone. For utmost efficiency it is better that the
interpreter is of the candidates own choice

We request you to advise all the heads of the ministries and departments and
heads of recruiting agencies such as UPSC, SSC, BSRB, RRB and all heads of
Public Sector undertakings to ensure suitable modifications for the disabled
in the written tests conducted by them for recruitment/selection or

Sincerely yours,

(Anuradha Mohit)

Copy to:

  1.. Executive Director (Personnel), NHPC Ltd, Sector 33, Faridabad
  2.. Executive Director (Personnel), NTPC Ltd., NTPC Bhawan, core -7, scope
Complex -7, Industrial Area, Lodh1 Road, New Delhi
  3.. General Manager (HR), Indian Oil Corporation Ltd., Scope Complex, Core
2, 7, Industrial area, Lodhi Road, New Delhi.   ,
  4.. Secretary, central Recruitment Board (state Bank Group), Madhulie 1st
Floor, H/2, Shivsagar Estate, Dr. annie Besant Road, Worli, Mumbai 400018

(Anuradha Mohit)

Room No. 120, I.P.H. Building, 4, Vishnu Digamber Marg, New Delhi-110002
Tel.: 3234101 Fax: 3221080 E-mail: blscc at alpha.nic.in Web Site :
Kanchan Pamnani
Advocate & Solicitor
9, Suleman Chambers,
Battery Street, Colaba,
Mumbai - 400 039.

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