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Assam becomes first state to bring in “transgender” category in Civil Service Examinations

Guwahati: Assam has now officially become the first state in the country to bring in ‘transgender’ as an option in the gender category of the civil service examination form.

Reportedly, 42 transgender persons have applied for the ACS junior grade posts and other allied services posts which will be conducted by the Assam Public Service Commission in the year 2021.

APSC chairman Pallab Bhattacharya said, “Initially we had not made a separate category for transgender persons when we issued notification for the exam in September.

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We were soon approached by a prominent transgender activist Swati Bidhan Baruah to include a separate category.”

“We had a discussion with Baruah and also checked with UPSC where transgender persons are already allowed to apply in a separate category called ‘other’.

The state government was apprised of the matter and a separate category was created,” he added.

APSC is similar to the civil services examinations conducted by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) and selects candidates for state civil service, police, and other allied services for the state.

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