Over 1 lakh students were left disappointed as the Uttar Pradesh Combined Pre-Medical Test (UPCPMT-2014) was cancelled over suspected question paper leak as the boxes containing the papers were found to have been tampered with in Ghaziabad.
The examination was to be held at 9 am on Sunday.
Acting swiftly, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav directed Chief Secretary Alok Ranjan to constitute a high-level committee to probe the matter. Officials said July 20 had been proposed as the new date for the exam, though a final decision would be taken later.
The UPCPMT is being conducted by King George’s Medical University (KGMU), Lucknow, this year. Successful candidates will be eligible for MBBS, BDS, BUMS, BAMS and BHMS courses in state-run medical institutes.
Ghaziabad District Magistrate S V S Rangarao said a case has been registered on a complaint lodged by a KGMU official. The DM said he had checked the boxes containing the question papers and found them damaged, though their seals were intact.
Explaining the “leak”, chief convenor of UPCPMT-2014 Prof A K Singh said: “As has been the practice, we had kept two sets of question papers, one in Allahabad Bank and the other in State Bank of India in the districts where we had a centre. In Ghaziabad, when the nodal officer went to retrieve the paper from the strongroom of Allahabad Bank, the boxes appeared to have been tampered with. So we instructed him and those in other districts that the other set kept in SBI be opened and used. However, when the Ghaziabad officer went to the SBI branch, there too one box appeared to be broken or damaged. As he was doubtful, we asked him to consult the DM. When the DM confirmed the tampering, we cancelled the examination.”
UPCPMT convenor Prof Sandeep Bhattacharya said, “Two similar events in the same district were enough to raise suspicion. As for whether the paper was actually leaked, it would be established in the investigation.”
A government spokesperson said the CM had said stern action would be taken against those involved.
As many as 1,09,295 students were to appear for the examination at 213 centres in 15 districts of the state.