Assam Public Service Commission (APSC) has officially introduced the 'transgender' category in the state's civil service examination application form. The introduction of the new transgender option in the gender category in the civil and allied services exam application form has received a great response. According to an APSC official, 42 applicants have opted for the transgender category in the application form of the civil service exam. Earlier, on September 15, 2020, The Commission had released an addendum to earlier notice, to consider transgender as an option in the gender category. Also, APSC Chairman Pallav Bhattacharya said that this is the first time for the Combined Competitive (Preliminary) Examinations 2020 to include transgender in the gender category. He further added that the commission has recorded 42 applications from this category for the recruitment of the post of Assam Civil Service Junior Grade and other allied services.
Although UPSC had previously introduced the transgender option in its recruiting process, APSC is the first state commission to introduce the transgender option in its CSE, said an APSC Official. Swati Bidhan Baruah, Vice-Chairperson of the Assam State Transgender Welfare Board expressed that the APSC receiving 42 transgender applicants for the recruitment post is very good news, considering the economic and social status of the LGBTQ community in Assam. APSC has received a total of 83,251 applications form for the recruitment posts till October 25, 2020. Also, this year, APSC has introduced the online submission of the recruitment application form.
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