Want a promotion? Give an exam, BMC tells engineers

The civic body will hold an exam — where the level of questions will be as in a civil service exam — for its engineers, who will be promoted only if they get 50 per cent marks

Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) engineers, who have always been the strength of the civic body, working with various departments for developmental and maintenance work to provide basic facilities to citizens, are in a stew after a new circular by the city engineer department regarding promotions. The department is responsible for promotions and recruitment of engineers in the civic body. As per the circular, 3,000-odd engineers on lower designations at various ward offices, headquarters, and central agencies, now have to prove their worth for promotions by clearing a compulsory internal examination. The circular about the exam was sent last month and they may have to give it in November.

The BMC announced the new compulsory examination in a circular last month. File pic
The BMC announced the new compulsory examination in a circular last month. File pic

Earlier, the BMC had criteria through which engineers would be promoted after completing 12 years of service for further designations in the open category, but now the engineers who have completed a few years of service, will be eligible for promotions only if they clear the exam.

The lower level engineers were also upset with the fact that only engineers below the Chief and Deputy Chief engineer level had to give the exam.

The compulsory exam is supposed to have a 100 marks paper where the level of questions will be as that in a civil service exam. The questions will be objective. A minimum of 50 marks will be needed to get the promotion. A junior engineer needs to give the exam to get the promotion and reach the level of sub-engineer, and a sub-engineer needs to pass it to become an assistant engineer, and so on. The engineers were also upset that anyone who doesn’t pass in three attempts will be stuck at the same designation for a long time.

Engineers oppose exam
Sainath Rajadhyaksha, secretary of BMC’s Engineers Union, said, “We completely oppose the exam, as the Standing Technical Advisory Committee in its report some years back clearly states that first officers should be trained, and then exams need to take place. This decision of the BMC is also not fair as no other government organisation holds exams for promotions. But if we are trained for the exam, we will think about it.”

An engineer who did not want to be identified said, “Earlier people got promotions easily. We had given an exam to get into the BMC, we have to give another again. If we don’t clear it in three attempts we will not be eligible for promotion. Is this how our authorities want us to work, with such low motivation?”

Prakash Kadam, city engineer, said, “The decision taken by the authorities so that the engineers are more qualified to do justice to their designations.”

The exam
>> The exam is applicable to engineers who have joined the BMC after 2007.
>> It will be of 100 marks, with objective questions.
>> Engineers who have been promoted (after 2007) without the written exam will now have to appear for it
>> The questions in the exam will be from various fields of engineering, including mechanics, hydraulic and fluid mechanics, soil mechanics, building materials, construction management and few subjects related to engineering.

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