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‘Mistakes’ in PCS exam: HC seeks UPPSC experts’ opinion

The court has fixed September 25 as the next date of hearing in the matter. The PCS (J),Mains,is set to begin from September 28.

Written by Express News Service | Allahabad |
September 20, 2013 5:56:58 am

The Allahabad High Court on Thursday directed the Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission (UPPSC) to produce experts’ opinion related to question papers and answers in the General Knowledge and Law papers of the preliminary examination for PCS (Judicial)-2013.

The court has fixed September 25 as the next date of hearing in the matter. The PCS (J),Mains,is set to begin from September 28.

The court passed the order while hearing a petition by Shreyase Agarwal,who has claimed that the UPPSC’s answer key released after the preliminary examinations had marked wrong options as right,which affected her total score and she was declared unsuccessful.

“The petitioner has claimed that she failed to get to the cut-off level by three marks. The answer key mentioned four wrong choices in the General Knowledge paper and two wrong answers in the Law paper. If she is given marks according to the right choices,her marks would be above the cut-off level,’’ said Tarun Agarwal,counsel for the petitioner. “We have prayed the high court that UPPSC be asked to rectify its mistakes. The petitioner should be declared successful and allowed to take the mains examination,’’ said Agarwal.

Hearing the petition,a division bench of justices Rajes Kumar and Manoj Misra said: “The counsel appearing on behalf of UPPSC is directed to produce the experts’ opinion on the subjects of the General Knowledge and Law in a sealed cover and also inform the court that how many questions of the above subjects have been cancelled or deleted.’’

The preliminary examination for PCS (J) was conducted in June and the results were declared in August. As per norms,after every stage of a competitive examination,the UPPSC releases the answer key pertaining to that very examination after a lapse of a certain period.

“When the answer key was released,the petitioner realised that answers to four questions of the General Knowledge,carrying one mark each,were wrong. Similarly in the Law paper,two questions,having two marks each,were wrong. If these marks are added,she would qualify to sit in the mains examination,” Agarwal told the court.

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