Patna: Leakage of question papers and using unfair means are common not only in Bihar but in several other parts of the country as well. There is a big mafia who has been running this racquet.
The 67th Combined (Preliminary) Competitive Examination was held in Bihar on May 8 to select the best candidates for 802 crucial posts for the state administration. The Bihar Public Service Commission (BPSC) holds the examination. More than 600,000 aspirants filled out the form to appear in the prestigious examination.
The shocking news of the question paper leak triggered protests all over the state. BPSC decided to postpone the exam, but that may not be enough to ease the agony of talented candidates who had been preparing for a long time to get the top post in the state. Their fate is certainly hanging in the balance.
The news of the question paper leak spread like wild fire. Screenshots of one question paper appeared on social media just before the start of the examination. A preliminary investigation indicates that Veer Kunwar Singh College (VKSC), one of the exam centres in Bhojpur, was responsible for the leak of questions for the May 8 Preliminary Test.
Reports also suggested that the question paper was being exchanged through WhatsApp, and other social media platforms ahead of the exam. BPSC authorities crosschecked the paper that had gone viral and found it to match ‘Set C’ of the exam paper. The commission at last had to cancel the exam.
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar took serious note of the lapse. “I have instructed senior officers to get to the bottom of this and complete the probe at the earliest.” “No one will be spared,” Kumar assured. The probe was handed over to the Bihar police’s Economic Offences Unit (EoU), headed by ADGP Nayyar Hasnain Khan, and there have been some breakthroughs. Four people, including Barhara block development officer (BDO) Jai Vardhan Gupta, have been arrested. Gupta was deputed as a magistrate to oversee the examination at VKSC. The other three arrested are the college principal, Dr Yogendra Singh, centre superintendent Sushil Kumar Singh, and a lecturer, Agam Kumar Sahay.
The EoU has deputed a 13-member team, under the superintendent of police (cyber cell) Sushil Kumar, to crack the case. The CCTV at the college was not functioning. There is a report that 25 ‘select’ candidates were allowed to sit in a separate room and were given the Set C question paper 25 minutes before the scheduled time of the exam.
According to former Bihar deputy chief minister Sushil Modi, the cancellation of the examination was unfortunate because hundreds of thousands of students would have to reappear for it.
Like in a Bollywood movie, an inquiry has been set up to get to the bottom of the case. It is better to smother the racquet not only in Bihar but all over the country. The BPSC must exercise caution in order to prevent question paper leakage so that genuine candidates can get jobs. Currently, the level of Bihar officers is poor. They have shabby knowledge and their writing skills are below par.