BENGALURU: The Karnataka Examinations Authority will assist universities and colleges in the state in recruiting teaching staff this year. With the University Grants Commission directing all higher educational institutions to fill up vacancies, the state government has asked the selection board (constituted under the Karnataka State University Act 2000, responsible for the recruiting the staff) to take the KEA’s assistance while preparing the merit list of the candidates.According to the state government’s order, KEA will develop a software to invite applications online by the respective universities. Further, the authority will prepare a merit list of the candidates based on the percentage of marks obtained in the qualifying exam and the weightage awarded to him/her for higher qualification as per the UGC regulations 2018, calculated to 100. The selection board will prepare a merit list of eligible candidates for interview in the ratio of 1:3 (three candidates will be called for the interview to each post) while also following the reservation policy of the state. “The board shall conduct an interview for 12.25% of the total marks prescribed for the qualifying marks. In case the candidates obtain the same marks in the merit list, age will be the criterion. The candidate higher in age shall be placed above the candidate of lower in age,” reads the government order. The board has also been asked to award a minimum of 3.5% marks out of 12.25% prescribed for the interview. The candidate will be asked to make a presentation on his knowledge in the relevant subject, which will be video-recorded. The board has to publish the marks the candidates secured in the interview the same day and then submit a final list based on total marks in the exam and the interview to the university.