Chandigarh: Now doctors aspiring to join the Haryana Civil Medical Services (HCMS) will have to pass a written exam in addition to facing an interview.
A proposal to this effect has been cleared by Haryana health minister Anil Vij .
Sources said it would now be mandatory for aspiring government doctors to clear a written exam.
Based on their academic records coupled with performance in the exam, the department would be preparing a merit list for the appointment of doctors to the HCMS.
To overcome the shortage of doctors in the state, the Haryana government had taken out the appointment of medical officers in the state-run hospitals from the purview of the Haryana Public Service Commission (HPSC) a decade ago.
Haryana to recruit 450 doctors
Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij said 450 regular doctors will be recruited soon through a competitive examination.
He said 87 posts are reserved for the general category, while 290 for the Scheduled Castes, 17 for the Backward Class-A, eight for the Backward Class-B, 28 for the ex-servicemen and 17 for the economically weaker sections.
This includes the provision of reservation for 53 posts for physically challenged.