The Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission (UPPSC) has cancelled a question in the Provincial Civil Service Preliminary exam held on February 22 and blacklisted the person who had set the paper.
Azamgarh-based Ulema Council had objected to the question,which read: Which district of undivided UP is being branded as the breeding ground of terrorists? The options were: (a) Azamgarh,(b) Aligarh,(c) Pithoragarh,(d) Pratapgarh. In a statement on Friday,UPPSC controller of exams Murlidhar Dubey said the commission regretted the inclusion of the question in the general studies paper. Examiners had been asked not to check the question and give marks to candidates out of a maximum of 149,not 150.
Ulema Council convener Amir Rashid Madni had alleged that the question was an attempt to malign Azamgarh district. He had sent letters to the President,Prime Minister,chief secretary of the state government and others,demanding action against the commission authorities. Madni had threatened to launch an agitation if the commission did not take any action in the matter. He also said he would urge the youths of Azamgarh to boycott the UPPSC exams.