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BPSC orders probe into Bihar civil services exam paper leak, report in 24 hours

PATNA: Bihar Public Service Commission (BPSC) has ordered an inquiry into the alleged leak of the question paper of the 67th Combined (Preliminary) Competitive Examination held on Sunday throughout the state at 1,083 centres, fee secretary Juit Singh stated.

The probe was ordered after reviews that question papers had been being despatched by way of messaging services WhatsApp and Telegram earlier than turning up on social media platforms.

Singh stated that prima facie, it appeared that questions had been leaked from an examination centre simply earlier than the exam was scheduled to start out at 12 midday.

Over six lakh candidates utilized for Sunday’s first stage examination that was meant to shortlist aspirants for 802 posts in Bihar’s civil services. The candidates needed to be a minimum of graduates and over the age of 20 to use.

Those who clear the preliminary examination would have been eligible to look for the second spherical of examinations held to recruit middle-rung officers reminiscent of deputy superintendent of police, sub-divisional officers, block improvement officers and state income officers.

The probe committee, headed by Singh and comprising two deputy secretaries of the fee, Manoj Kumar and Kundan Kumar, has been given 24 hours to report its findings.

“Sensing the gravity of the situation, the commission immediately announced an inquiry by a three-member committee, which has to submit its report within 24 hours for further action. The matter will also be referred to the cyber cell of the Bihar police for a deeper probe to identify the exam centre from where it happened and the extent to which it affected the examination,” stated the secretary, including that the fee was knowledgeable about question paper leak and reviews of it getting viral round 12.06 pm by WhatsApp by a TV channel and the exam had commenced by then.

The examination, which was initially scheduled to be held on 23 January, was to be held on May 7. But it was deferred by a day as a result of it clashed with the CBSE Class 12 examination.

Singh stated that the fee’s preliminary info indicated that one of many 4 units of question papers ( Set C) was leaked moments earlier than the three-hour exam was to start at 12 midday.

“The information was regarding C-set and when verified it was found to be true. But by the time the information arrived, the exam started. At the exam centres, there is thorough frisking and the candidates are not allowed any mobile or electronic gadget inside,” he added.

The official stated that even when some mischief was performed most likely at any of the centres, it might be unattainable to unravel the papers and provide the solutions to the candidates contained in the corridor.

“There is adequate force, static magistrates and flying squads at the exam centres. A final decision on the fate of the exam will, however, be taken after the report by the three-member committee is submitted and the inputs of the cyber cell on the extent to which the questions went viral. The matter will be referred to the cyber cell to get to the bottom of the matter, as it is the first time BPSC exam papers have been leaked,” he added.

Singh stated that the best variety of candidates – over six lakh as in comparison with 4-4.5 lakh who utilized in the previous – had utilized for the exam this year, necessitating them to make use of many new centres.

“The seal of the question papers is opened half an hour before the scheduled start of the exam. The exam began at 12 noon and the question paper of Set C seems to have been leaked around after 11.30 pm, when the seal of question papers was opened, from any of the centres. This will be examined. The probability shows that it happened from one of the centres,” he added.

Many candidates learnt of the paper leak after they exited the exam centres, and had been dejected. At some areas, there have been protests exterior the exam centres over the paper leak.


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