HYDERABAD: The ability to sprint quickly is set to become mandatory for recruitment to the police department in Telangana. The government, which is planning to recruit a total of 9,056 personnel for the state police and fire department, has also decided implement women’s quota and accordingly, 33 1/3 of all posts in the civil police would be reserved for women. Ten per cent of the posts in armed police would also be reserved for women.

These were among the announcements made by chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao here on Saturday. The chief minister signed orders pertaining to the recruitments in police and fire services.

For written test, history of Telangana has been made mandatory. Previously, physical fitness test for recruitment to the police involved a five kilometre run for men and a two km run for women. In addition, they were also required to demonstrate proficiency in 100 and 800 meters sprints, long and high jumps and shot put throw.

However, physical fitness test procedure for both men and women has been changed now. Men would no longer required to take part in five km run. Instead of proficiency in the five physical efficiency tests, all they need to do is to demonstrate their ability in 800 meters run and exhibit proficiency in two other tests, either long jump, high jump, shot put and 100 meters sprint. For women, the requirement would be to sprint 100 meters and exhibit additional proficiency in either long jump or shot put.

The chief minister office said that henceforth, all recruits will undergo a personality test on the lines of the one administered in army to understand how the candidates feel about issues such as national integrity, oppressed sections of the society and women.

In all, the CMO said, the chief minister signed orders for the recruitment of 8,360 posts in the police department including 185 for the Special Protection Force, while 510 positions will be filled in the fire services.

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Source: TOI-Hyd