The 67th Combined (Preliminary) Examination, conducted by the Bihar Public Service Commission on 8th May, has been cancelled. The question paper was leaked on WhatsApp and Telegram, which began circulating at 11 am. This was posted to YouTube, after which the officials were alerted.
Many centres also witnessed uproar by students. A three-member committee substantiated the claims. After that, the exams were cancelled.
Huge Uproar By Students at Many Centres During Exams
The issue came to light when students at many centres in various districts created a huge ruckus during the examination. They alleged that the paper was already circulating on social media platforms.
Committee Submitted Report within Three Hours
A three-member committee was set up to find the truth behind the claims. The committee was to submit its report within 24 hours. However, acting quickly, the committee produced the report and handed it to the chairperson of BPSC within three hours.
It substantiated the claims.
Cyber Cell to Investigate the Matter
The probe has been handed to the Economic Offense Unit. A cyber cell under the unit will investigate the matter. A team has been formed and a probe has been initiated.
Re-examination Not So Soon
Candidates might have to wait for at least three months for the next date of the examination. The next date can be finalised only after the investigation is concluded.
Arrah Witnesses Maximum Disturbance
Veer Kuwar Singh College of Arrah has come under the radar for severe misconduct. Students at the centres alleged that special arrangements were made for some students who were giving exams in different rooms. The doors of the two rooms were closed, and the students had mobiles with them.
Other students created a huge furore, after which the District Magistrate, along with other senior officials, had to arrive at the venue. Many students barged into those rooms and tore the question papers.
It is suspected that the papers were leaked from this centre.
Commission Suffers Loss Worth ₹10 crores
The exams were conducted in 1083 centres across the 38 districts of Bihar. Around five lakh candidates appeared.
The Commission has suffered a huge loss after the cancellation of the paper. According to an estimate, the loss is worth ₹10 crore.
The Commission took all measures to conduct the exam in a fair manner. The chairperson, R K Mahajan, had talked to the DMs of all districts a day before the exam. Strict guidelines were issued. A magistrate was appointed at each centre.
Students Face Disappointment
The whole episode came down the hardest on the candidates, many of whom had come from different parts of India to appear in the exam.
Students are raising questions about the administration. Many also say that misadventures like these tarnish the image of Bihar.
Opposition Lashes Out at Government
RJD leader and former deputy CM, Tejaswi Yadav, slammed the government. He said that the commission should be renamed as the Bihar Public Paper Leak Commission.