State’s top and most prestigious competitive exam –Rajasthan Administrative Services (RAS) – was turned into a mockery when its question paper was allegedly leaked at the Bhartiya Mahavidyalaya centre in Dausa’s Baragaon area on Saturday.
The Rajasthan Public Service Commission (RPSC), which conducts the examination, has found itself in cornered over the issue.
The RPSC officials have not confirmed the paper leak. Instead, they are claiming it is a case which is being dealt under the “unfair means” category, while the probe is on.
“The examination at the said centre started with a slight delay due to which some candidates walked out of the exam hall with question papers in hand. Since, the incident occurred after the exam had begun, we are dealing it as a case of ‘unfair means’ and not as a paper leak,” Dr Krishna Kant Pathak, secretary RPSC, said while speaking to dna on the issue.
He said that a team of senior officials has been dispatched to the centre and an FIR has been lodged with the Dausa police. “We have sent a team of top RPSC officials at the venue and the matter is being investigated,” Dr Pathak added.
He also said that the students who initiated the walkout would also be penalised. “We have recovered the roll numbers of those students. We would be taking action against them,” said the official. He also said that it may or may not affect the RAS exam held widely across the state. The fate of thousands of aspirants who appeared for the exam would be decided after a high end meeting at the RPSC office in Jaipur.
Meanwhile, the agitated students burnt their question papers and tore their optical mark reader (OMR) sheets. Sources said that 27 papers had gone missing. They also blocked National Highway No. 11(A) after which Police had to use force to disperse the agitators.