Under section 34 of “The Rights of Persons with Disabilities(PWD) Act, 2016”, persons with benchmark disabilities are eligible for Reservation. The reserved categories of disabilities mentioned under this Act are namely:
a. Blindness and low vision;
b. Deaf and hard of hearing;
c. Locomotor disability including cerebral palsy. Leprosy cured, dwarfism, acid attack victims and muscular dystrophy;
d. Autism, intellectual disability, specific learning disability and mental illness;
e. Multiple disabilities from amongst persons under clauses (a) to (d) including deaf-blindness in the posts identified for each disabilities
Definition of the above specified disabilities will be as per “THE RIGHTS OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES ACT, 2016”.
The allocation of reserved vacancies for the persons with benchmark disabilities will be as prescribed in the “The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016”.
✦ ECGC PO PWD Instructions – Guidelines for Persons With Benchmark Disabilities (PWBD) using a Scribe
The visually impaired candidates and candidates whose writing speed is adversely affected permanently for any reason can use their own scribe at their cost during the online examination. In all such cases where a scribe is used, the following rules will apply:
- The candidate will have to arrange his / her own scribe at his/her own cost.
- The scribe should be from an academic stream different from that prescribed for the post. A person acting as a scribe for one candidate cannot be a scribe for another candidate.
- Both the candidate as well as the scribe will have to give a suitable undertaking confirming that the scribe fulfills all the stipulated eligibility criteria for a scribe mentioned above. Further, in case it later transpires that he/she did not fulfill any laid down eligibility criteria or suppressed material facts the candidature of the applicant will stand canceled, irrespective of the result.
- Those candidates who use a scribe shall be eligible for compensatory time of 20 minutes or otherwise advised for every hour of the examination.
- The scribe arranged by the candidate should not be a candidate for the online examination. If a violation of the above is detected at any stage of the process, the candidature of both the candidate and the scribe will be canceled. Candidates eligible for and who wish to use the services of a scribe in the examination should invariably carefully indicate the same in the online application form. Any subsequent request may not be favorably entertained.
- Only candidates registered for compensatory time will be allowed such concessions since compensatory time given to candidates shall be system based, it shall not be possible for the test conducting agency to allow such time if he / she is not registered for the same. Candidates not registered for compensatory time shall not be allowed such concessions.
In the test of Quantitative Aptitude / Numerical Ability the questions based on graph/ table and in the test of Reasoning Non-Verbal items if any will not be displayed to Visually Impaired candidates (under Blind/low Vision). They, however, would have to attend to remaining questions in the respective test. The candidates will be awarded marks based on the overall average for the respective test.
✦ ECGC PO PWD Instructions – Guidelines for Candidates with Locomotor Disability and Cerebral Palsy
- A Compensatory time of twenty minutes per hour or otherwise advised shall be permitted for the candidates with locomotor disability and cerebral palsy where dominant (writing) extremity is affected to the extent of slowing the performance of function (minimum of 40% impairment).
✦ ECGC PO PWD Instructions – Guidelines for Visually Impaired Candidates
- Visually Impaired candidates (who suffer from not less than 40% of disability) may opt to view the contents of the test in magnified font and all such candidates will be eligible for compensatory time of 20 minutes for every hour or otherwise advised of examination.
- The facility of viewing the contents of the test in magnifying font will not be available to Visually Impaired candidates who use the services of a Scribe for the examination.
These guidelines are subject to change in terms of GOI guidelines/ clarifications, if any, from time to time.
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