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.