Has the prestigious state administrative service (SAS) lost its sheen due to recent scams and irregularities in Madhya Pradesh Public Services Commission (MPPSC)’s exams?
If the figures of those who are appearing in the exam this year when compared to last year exam is seen, the number has dropped by almost half.
In MPPSC’s SAS-2013, about 4.75 lakh candidates applied but in MPPSC SAS-2014 only 2.56 lakh students applied.
Candidates feel the credibility of MPPSC has fallen down due to scam, irregularities, mistakes and delay in results.
The SAS-2013 exam, held in July 2014, was mired in controversy due to 16 wrong questions which appeared in the preliminary exam.
However, all the candidates were given bonus marks later. The result was also delayed.
The 2012 exam got mired in controversy due to question paper leak. After qualifying the prelims and mains, candidates are still waiting for the government to conduct interview even as the matter is in court.
A candidate Deepak Sharma, 29, from Bhopal said, "I have cleared the 2012 exam but the result remains indecisive. I again appeared in 2013 exam. It was shocking for me to find 16 wrong questions in the exam. What kind of standard our SAS has? I am preparing for civil services exam for the past five years but now I have decided not to waste my time by appearing in MPPSC’s SAS exam."
Another candidate from Ujjain, Shakti Lunawat, 32, said, "I lost my trust in SAS because we wait long for the results but later it comes out that question paper has been leaked or questions in the exam was wrong. I can’t waste Rs 500 for no reason. Now, I am concentrating on other exams."
Those who are still appearing in the exam are not very hopeful.
A resident of Ratlam, Sunita Jain, 30 said, "This time MPPSC has changed the exam pattern but we are still not very confident that the results of exam will be declared on time or will be fair. I have cleared it twice. Once, I lost the chance as MPPSC misunderstood the women’s quota. I again appeared and cleared the 2012 exam but I am still waiting for the decision."
Congress chief spokesperson KK Mishra said, "By not applying in the exam, candidates have clearly shown that they have no trust on the credibility of MPPSC. It proves that candidates see no future in the SAS exam conducted by MPPSC due to scam, irregularities and corruption. These things have put big question mark on the future of youngsters and job seekers of MP."
However, MPPSC secretary Manohar Dubey said, "Yes. the number of applicants has decreased substantially. But, it happened due to less advertisement. Last time, we have advertised thrice but this time we released advertisement only once."