GUWAHATI, May 1 - The efficacy level of the Assam Public Service Commission (APSC) has once again come under the scanner after a serious goof-up in the recently announced results of the Combined Competitive (Prelims) Examination, 2018.
The ‘answer key’, which is the reference point for the evaluator of the APSC exams, is ridden with mistakes, raising serious apprehensions over the basis on which the results of the Prelims were prepared.
While around 3,500 candidates were selected on March 13, the names of another 406 candidates were ‘randomly’ cleared to cover up the gross negligence after some of the aggrieved candidates got access to the ‘answer key’ through RTI and found a number of answers in the ‘answer key’ itself to be wrong.
Questions are now being asked as to how the 3,500 candidates could be cleared at the first place, if there were serious gaps in the evaluation process and there was a series of mistakes in the ‘answer key’ itself, which is the reference point of evaluating the OMR (optical mark recognition) sheets.
The faux pas on the part of the APSC has irked the deserving candidates who have now threatened to move the Gauhati High Court over the issue.
“If you go through the ‘answer key’, which we have received through RTI application, it is clear that the OMR answer sheets were evaluated based on a wrong ‘answer key’. The APSC, admitting their mistake, has included another 406 new candidates to cover up the matter. But the bigger question is that how can candidates who had given wrong answers get away and make it to the Mains,” an aggrieved candidate told this reporter.
“Further, there are many candidates who have not been included for the Mains despite providing representation showing that they deserve to make the cut,” sources pointed out.
No senior APSC functionary, however, could be reached out for comments despite repeated attempts.