As many as 25 candidates were unable to appear in the Staff Selection Commission(SSC) exam held on Sunday after the gates of the centres were closed at 9.30am.
The candidates said that they werent allowed to enter the gates even though some of them were late by only a minute. The exam was scheduled to begin at 10am but students had been instructed to enter their centres before 9.30 am.
Many of these candidates had come from far away cities and districts including Amritsar, Kaithal, Yamunanagar, Kurkushetra and Patiala to take their exam but failed to reach on time as some of them were unable to locate their centres.
High drama was witnessed outside Government Model High School(GMHS)-Sector 41 and Post Graduate Government College for Girls, Sector 42, as candidates and parents protested asking the authorities to let them in but to no avail.
Deepak Sharma, a lecturer in a private college in UP, said "It was difficult to locate the exam centre as it was raining. I reached the gate at around 9.35 am and pleaded the officials to allow me to take the exam but they did not pay any heed to my requests. The supervisor was not ready to meet us at but later came out to express his sympathy and asked us to try next time. More than ten students complained that they got late because they were unable to locate the centres due to the rain but the authorities didn't listen", Sharma said.
Bhupinder Singh, a resident of Kurkukshetra said that he had reached the centre on time but was carrying only two photographs with him. He had went out to take another photograph from his vehicle but when he returned with the photograph, he wasn't allowed back inside.
Soon after the students protested outside the gates of these centres, police had to intervene. The police officials took the candidates to the SSC office in Sector 9 to register their official complaint.
The candidates said that the officials at the public window at SSC office did not attend to their grievances.
"A senior officer after numerous requests attended to us for two minutes from the public window but she refused to come out. We have submitted a written complaint and requested the officials to allow us to appear in the same exam which is scheduled on August 16", said Naveen Basati, a candidate.
Officiating head of GMHS-41, Mohinder Kumar Shastri said the candidates were given clear instructions about the timings and the things they need to carry to the centre. "Students knew the timings of the entry. They knew they had to carry three photographs as all the instructions were printed behind the admit cards. We followed all the instructions given by the SSC officials. We needed time for checking and so candidates were asked to reach on time", told Shastri.
He added that in the wake of recent incidents of leakage of answer keys in medical exams, SSC had ensured strict vigilance.