New Delhi: Recruitment agencies like the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) and Railway Recruitment Board (RRB) have been asked by the government to share online the scores of candidates taking competitive exams.

The initiative is aimed at the government’s effort to boost hiring by the private sector.

The publicly available scores will act as a useful database to other employers to enable them to identify good and employable candidates.

“Now, it has been decided that all the recruitment agencies viz. UPSC, Staff Selection Commission (SSC), RRB etc. will use National Career Service or NCS portal of ministry of labour and employment for disclosures of scores and rankings of the candidates," an order issued recently by the department of personnel and training (DoPT) said.

All the public recruitment agencies have been asked to link their respective web pages to the NCS portal——for disclosure of scores/rankings of all the candidates appearing in the final stage of each recruitment process being conducted by them, it said.

The central government had in 2016 approved a NITI Ayog proposal to make scores and ranking of candidates in recruitment examinations available through a portal for increasing access of the unemployed to job opportunities.

The move had come after Prime Minister Narendra Modi had in March 2016 said that the scores of candidates taking competitive examinations will be shared with prospective employers to help them choose quality talent.

UPSC selects officers for the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), the Indian Foreign Service (IFS) and the Indian Police Service (IPS) among others.

The SSC conducts examinations to select candidates for various government departments.

The RRB conducts tests to select employees for various departments in Indian Railways.

Results of government entrance examinations for engineering and medical colleges are already being used by private colleges for admissions.