The Bihar state government has reduced the fees of a number of competitive exams for female candidates of all categories in the state, in a bid to promote educational chances and open up more career options for women in the state.

Appearing for Bihar Public Service Commission (BPSC) exams and Bihar Staff Selection Commission (BSSC) exams in Bihar just got cheaper for female candidates of all categories as the Bihar state government has cut down the examination fees. The fee reduction would be applicable to the examinations conducted by Bihar Public Service Commission (BPSC) and Bihar Staff Selection Commission (BSSC). Cabinet Secretariat Department’s principal secretary Arun Kumar Singh informed that the decision was taken at a cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Friday.

However, the idea was derived by the Cabinet after a girl attended Nitish Kumar’s Lok Samvad (public dialogue) programme and detailed the financial hardships women, especially those belonging to economically weaker sections, face because of high exam fees. Henceforth, the competitive examination fees has been slacked down to Rs 150 from Rs 600 for preliminary test and from Rs 750 to Rs 200 for the main test sessions of the BPSC and BSSC examinations. The reduction in examination fees is expected to help female candidate who are willing to appear exams but are not able to because of the higher fees.

Besides this, the Cabinet has also given a nod for creation of posts for reconstitution and restructuring of the Bihar Administrative Service (BAS) cadre – which will add to the number of BAS posts making it go up from 1150 to 1634 posts. This decision will increase the numbers of posts like deputy collector, senior deputy collector, undersecretary, deputy secretary, joint secretary and special secretary. Another important decision taken by the cabinet was to give five salary increments to college and university teachers, with effect from September 1, 2008, if they had completed their doctorate before joining the service.