The Delhi Subordinate Services Selection Board (DSSSB), which recruits teachers in Delhi, also hires patwaris (village registrars), nurses and malaria food inspectors for the government. This means delays, with further time lost during the exchange of candidate dossiers between the board and the education department.
There are candidates who hold a Bachelors of Education (B.Ed) certificate and have cleared the teacher eligibility exam at the state and central level but do not pass the DSSB exam.
Three years ago, the board conducted an exam to fill 5,013 graduate teacher vacancies. Of these, 2,133 were hired, according to the board official. In the case of 239 candidates, caste-reservation documents needed further scrutiny. The rest could not make the 40% pass score.
The board also had 1,596 unfilled vacancies for special educators to teach disabled students because candidates failed the exam.