The Bihar Public Service Commission (BPSC) on Sunday canceled the civil services (preliminary) examination in the wake of widespread fury after the question paper was ‘leaked’. A few minutes before the start of the exam in the afternoon, screenshots of a set of question papers went viral on social media.
The Bihar Public Service Commission (BPSC) on Sunday canceled the civil services (preliminary) examination in the wake of widespread fury after the question paper was ‘leaked’. A few minutes before the start of the exam in the afternoon, screenshots of a set of question papers went viral on social media. BPSC examination controller Amarendra Kumar said over the phone, “The examination has been cancelled. Other announcements will be made in due course.” BPSC Secretary Jeet Singh said that a three-member committee has been constituted to probe the entire matter and it has been asked to submit its report in three days.
Singh told reporters, “We had received complaints about the question paper leaking at the time of the commencement of the examination. We compared the screenshots with the set C of the question papers. The screenshots reportedly went viral on social media around six minutes before the commencement of the exam. These allegations will be looked into by the Inquiry Committee. “Many allegations were made by the examinees at Veer Kunwar Singh College, one of the examination centers in Bhojpur district headquarters, Ara. The youths and women created a ruckus alleging that some candidates were segregated and allowed to solve their question papers inside a separate room and also allowed to carry mobile phones there.
Bhojpur District Magistrate Roshan Kushwaha reached the spot and pacified the protesting candidates. Kushwaha said, “Candidates have been asked to submit their complaints in writing. We will hand them over to BPSC which can take further action. The local administration can only ensure that the examination is conducted on the scheduled day without any hindrance.
Over 1,000 centers were set up across the state for over five lakh candidates who appeared for the exam. A student said, “All I can say is that it is demoralizing. The exam was to be held in December, but was postponed due to panchayat elections. Now it is going to be delayed further.
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