The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa police are about to recruit over 1,800 constables after putting them through specialised tests, making it the first time that such an outsourced process has been completed. The two-and-a-half month procedure was completed in collaboration with the National Testing Service (NTS).
“It is my firm belief that merit begets merit and a positive change in the police force and thana culture can only be brought by those officials who are recruited through a transparent and merit-based process,” said IGP Nasir Khan Durani in a statement issued on Friday. “I am confident that the constables recruited through the independent recruitment process will infuse a fresh spirit of service, honesty and impartiality in K-P police.”
The recruitment of constables through the NTS was conducted at DI Khan, Bannu, Kohat, Peshawar, Mardan, Mingora, Timergara, Chitral, Abbottabad and Mansehra simultaneously.
The candidates were tested for physical endurance at the testing centres. Meanwhile, the written test, based on Matric Syllabus standards, was designed and marked by NTS authorities within 24 hours with the results uploaded to official websites.
According to NTS authorities, 16,000 candidates out of 37,000 passed the physical and endurance test. These applicants subsequently appeared for the written test and 13,371 of them were able to score passing marks. The written test was topped by a candidate from Kohistan.
Abbottabad had the distinction of being the district with the highest percentage of successful candidates, closely followed by Bannu and DI Khan. Among those who appeared for the tests, 107 women candidates also qualified.
There are a total of 1,878 vacancies available for the position of constable in the K-P police. It is expected that the top candidates on the merit list, already published by the NTS and K-P police on their websites, will fill all these positions after passing the psychological test.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 19th, 2014.
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