Sumit Kumar’s chances of qualifying for the main exam of the Delhi Judicial Services (DJS) hinges on the meaning of the word ‘risque’. A petition filed by Kumar before the Delhi High Court has claimed that there were “fundamental errors” in some of the questions posed in the preliminary exam paper, held in December 2015. The results were announced in March this year and the main exam is scheduled to be held in May.
Kumar had scored 131 marks, just 0.75 marks less than the cut-off marks required to qualify for the main exam.
The plea, which was heard Tuesday before the bench of justices Sanjeev Khanna and Najmi Waziri, said one of the errors pertained to a question on the meaning of the word ‘risque’. According to the answer key, the correct answer was “slightly risky”, and not “slightly improper”, which is the common usage of the word.
The DJS exam is conducted by the Delhi High Court administration. Advocate Rajiv Bansal, who appeared for the court administration, argued that there were no errors. The bench seemed to disagree with him. It observed that the answer appeared to be incorrect and asked the counsel what would happen to the DJS results if the answer key was found to be incorrect.
The petition, filed through advocate Prashant Manchanda, has sought court orders to make the requisite corrections. It has also sought orders to re-evaluate the papers of all candidates, who appeared for the exam, based on the corrections, deletions or amendments.