Persian language paper row: CBSE admits error

Of the 317 applicants who appeared for the exam, 54 seem to have cleared it after the board’s rectification

Written by Aranya Shankar | New Delhi | Published:October 9, 2015 4:34 am
Persian Language exam, National Eligibility Test, CBSE, UGC, University Grants Commission, perdian language answer key, Delhi news CBSE sources, however, reiterated that the matter could have been resolved sooner if somebody had challenged the answers.

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on Thursday admitted that because of a wrong answer key, all of the 317 aspirants who took the Persian Language exam in the University Grants Commission’s National Eligibility Test (UGC-NET), had “failed” in the paper.

The Indian Express had earlier reported on the discrepancies between 94 of the 125 questions and their answers. Sources in the CBSE said a wrong answer key had been uploaded on its website but the issue had been “sorted out”.

Of the 317 applicants who appeared for the exam, 54 seem to have cleared it after the board’s rectification, they said. Applicants who managed to clear the paper were informed about it over the phone, said sources in the CBSE, adding that the correct answer key would be uploaded on the website by Friday.

“I was called and informed that an error has occurred, which will be resolved, and the correct result will be out soon,” said Umar Khalique from the Jawaharlal Nehru University.

CBSE sources, however, reiterated that the matter could have been resolved sooner if somebody had challenged the answers.

On the other hand, students had said that it wasn’t feasible for them to pay Rs 1,000 per question to challenge the 94 incorrect answers. They had claimed that 37 questions out of 50 in Paper II and 57 out of 75 questions in Paper III had wrong answers.

Students affected by the error had earlier written to the UGC and the CBSE about the problem, but the board had allegedly asked them to follow the standard grievance redressal procedure.

To protest the “apathy of the UGC”, the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union (JNUSU) had even organised a protest outside the UGC office on Tuesday, asking the commission to constitute an expert panel to look into the anomaly.

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    mrunal
    Oct 10, 2015 at 8:49 am
    Sack officials papers setters responsible for error and for causing mental anquish to hundreds of students who appeared for the examination! Tell us in a given time what action Mr. chairman UGC or resign!
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    C
    Oct 9, 2015 at 6:47 pm
    Will the IE report this matter in simpler English? What is a 'key'? How does the exam work? Who prepared the test paper and who judged the answers? Was it done mechanically?
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    V B
    Oct 9, 2015 at 6:43 pm
    When will our Public Exams conducting bodies be competent to conduct exams flawlessly? It is just another item in the long list of national shames.
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