After Haryana,it now seems that preliminary examination for Punjab Civil Services (Judicial) has had incorrect answer keys to questions. Aggrieved,two aspirants on Monday moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court alleging that they have not been shortlisted for the main examination despite giving correct answers.
According to the petitioners,Rishabh Kapoor and Lokesh Kumar,the examination held on June 10 has over five incorrect answer keys. Not only this,the examiner had lifted some questions and their answer keys from a book without application of mind,the petitioners claimed. They added that the examiner did not even verify whether the answer key as mentioned in the book was correct.
Taking stock,a division bench headed by Justice Hemant Gupta issued notices to the Punjab and Haryana High Court (administrative side),Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) and its chairman. They respondents have been asked to reply to the accusations within a week.
Appearing on behalf of the petitioners,Advocate Sourabh Goel,told the court that besides answer keys,questions in the PCS (Judicial) were also ambiguous. In a competitive examination as prestigious as judicial services examination,where a limited number of candidates are called to appear in written examination on the basis of their performance in preliminary examination,such largescale irregularities in question paper/answer key will vitiate the entire process, he said.
The petitioners,while claiming that the alleged irregularities in the examination have resulted in arbitrariness and unequal treatment of similarly situated candidates,demanded that the results of the preliminary examination should be quashed. They added that papers should be rechecked and fresh results be prepared.
In April,similar allegations were levelled by those who had appeared in the Haryana Civil Services (Judicial) examination. A special committee of judges was constituted by the high court,which had conceded that eight questions had wrong answer keys. After the result was revised,over 400 unsuccessful candidates had become eligible to appear for the main examination.