A day after paper leak, candidates demand fresh exams

Excelsior Correspondent
SRINAGAR, Mar 26: An alleged leakage of question paper for the Range Officer Forest Grade- I, has prompted the candidates to raise a demand for fresh exams from Public Service Commission.
The leak happened on March 24, a day prior to the actual date, when an examiner handed over wrong question papers at PSC Centre in Jammu. Following the leak, the Jammu and Kashmir Public Service Commission( JKPSC) announced the postponement of the paper on Sunday.
However, the leak has forced candidates to question the conduct of the previous papers as well. “Looking at the developments we are worried about the entire process of this examination. It makes us wonder whether the previous papers that were held on Saturday and Sunday were leaked or not?” a candidate said, adding that they wanted fresh examination to ensure transparency.
The candidates said after waiting for more than a decade, 44 posts of RO Grade-I were advertised last year. The examination began on Saturday, however, the discrepancies and the callousness of the recruitment agency has cast a shadow over its credibility. “The credibility of the institute is at stake. We want fresh exams as the whole thing looks suspicious,” a candidate said.
The candidates alleged that the answer sheets meant for them were distributed among candidates who had applied for different posts in judiciary. “Our answer sheets were provided to the candidates who had applied for the Judiciary posts. How can such a thing go unnoticed?” a candidate asked.
The candidates said owing to the number of irregularities that had happened in last two days, they smell a rat in the process.”The candidates of Judiciary were handed Silvi-culture papers,” a candidate said, adding there were discrepancies in the opening question paper also.
The candidates said that they were asked to write lengthier question papers than the recommended in English paper. “We were asked to write a 600-word essay instead of 400. I think we were also handed over wrong English papers,” a candidate said.
Despite repeated calls Chairman JKPSC, Lateef Uz Zaman Deva, did not respond.