Kerala PSC has a long history before the Independence of Country . There was a Public Service Commissioner in the erstwhile Travancore state whose duty was to select candidates for direct recruitment to various categories of posts under the Government. G.D. Nokes was appointed as the first Public Service Commissioner on 14th June, 1936. The Office of the Public Service Commissioner, Travancore continued to function till the integration of Travancore and Cochin States. With the formation of the State of Kerala on 1st November 1956 as a result of the reorganisation of States, the Travancore-Cochin Public Service Commission was transformed into the Kerala Public Service Commission.
The Kerala Public Service Commission is a body created by the Constitution of India. The Commission advise the Government on all matters relating to civil services and publish notifications inviting applications for selection to various posts as per the requisitions of the appointing authorities, conduct written test and/or practical tests, physical efficiency test and interview, prepare ranked list based on the performance of the candidates and advise candidates for appointment strictly based on their merit and observing the rules of reservation as and when vacancies are reported.
The Head Office of the Kerala Public Service Commission is situated at Pattom, Thiruvananthapuram, the State Capital.
Duties and Function
- To conduct examinations for appointments to the services of the state.
- To advise on all matters relating to the methods of recruitment to civil services and for civil posts.
- To advise on the principles to be followed in making appointments to civil services and posts and in making promotions and transfers from one service to another and on the suitability of candidates for such appointments, promotions or transfers.
- To advise on all disciplinary matters affecting a person serving under the Government in civil capacity, including memorials or petitions relating to such matters.
- To advise on any claim by or in respect of a person who is serving or has served under the Government in a civil capacity that any cost incurred by him in defending legal proceedings instituted against him in respect of acts done or purporting to be done in the execution of his duty should be paid out of the Consolidated Fund of the State.
- To advise on any claim for the award of pension in respect of injuries sustained by a person while serving under the Government in a civil capacity, and any question as to the amount of any such award, and it shall be the duty of the commission to advise on any matter so referred to them and on any other matter which the Governor of the State may refer to them; provided that the Governor of the state is empowered to make Regulations specifying the matter in which either generally, or in any particular class of case or in any particular circumstances, it shall not be necessary for the Public Service Commission to be consulted.
The Head Office of the Kerala Public Service Commission is situated at Thulasi Hills at Pattom in Thiuvananthapuram, the capital city of Kerala. The Commission has got three Regional Offices at Kollam, Ernakulam and Kozhikode which have been constituted for decentralising State-wide selections. There are District Offices of the Commission in all Revenue Districts to attend to selections relating to posts earmarked for District-wise selections.
The Head of the Office of the Commission is the Secretary who is appointed by the Commission with prior approval of the Governor. The Secretary is assisted by three Additional Secretaries, one of whom is the Controller of Examinations. Below to their ranks, there are 12 Joint Secretaries, 22 Deputy Secretaries and 64 Under Secretaries. The number of Section Officers under the Commission is 196. About 1200 other officers including Personal Assistants, Assistants, Typists, Peons etc. are also assisting the Commission in its functions.
The functioning of the Commission is carried out by Recruitment Wing, Examination Wing, Departmental Test Wing, Advice/Consultation Wing, Secret Section, Research and Analysis Wing, Public Relation Unit, Establishment Wing, Accounts Wing, Records Section, Fair Copy Sections, Tappal Sections and Library.
- Recruitment Wing consists of Government Recruitment, Corporation and Companies Recruitment, Local Authority Recruitment, Co-operative sector Recruitment, Special Recruitment for SC/ST, Inspection of Recruitment and District Recruitment Sections which prepare Notifications inviting applications for District-wise Selection.
- Examination Wing is responsible for Conducting of various Examinations and Tests for Recruitment & Eligibility Test.
- Advice Wing deals with all the consultations in respect of Recruitment Rules and Disciplinary Cases made by the Government . Advice Wing also deals with furnishing facts to defend all the Litigation filed against or by the Commission before the Hon’ble High Court of Kerala and Hon’ble Supreme Court of India.
- Research and Analysis Wing coordinates, plans and monitors the operations of the whole organization to improve the quality of work, minimise the delay and to streamline and modernise the whole system.
- Public Relations Unit of the Commission functions as an effective link between the organistation and the public. The Enquiry Section under the unit functions as the information centre. Publication of the PSC Bulletin, a fortnightly publication of the Commission is also done by the P.R.Unit.
Contact Details of Public Service Commision
Kerala Public Service Commission
Thulasi Hills, Pattom Palace P.O.
Thiruvananthapuram 695 004
Phone – 0471- 2447201 , 0471-2447208 (out of office hours)
0471-2448165(Enquiry 8 AM to 6 PM)
Fax – 0471-2448988
Email – email@example.com , firstname.lastname@example.org
Website – http://www.keralapsc.gov.in , http://www.keralapsc.org