Bihar humanities topper gives retest a miss

  • Arun Kumar
  • Updated: Jun 04, 2016 10:11 IST

PATNA: Bihar’s class 12 ‘topper’ in arts, Rubi Rai, who said political science is all about cooking, will face stern action for failing to appear for the retest on Friday, exam board’s head Lalkeshwar Prasad Singh said.

“We are bound to take action, if possible, as per provisions to cancel her result,” Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) chairman Singh said, adding, “Our efforts in conducting the exam were appreciated. If there is any lapse, we will like to make amends.” Board secretary Hariharnath Jha said that Rai’s father had sent an application stating that due to constant media glare, his daughter is depressed and not keeping well.

However, 13 other toppers appeared, with some exuding confidence after the test, necessitated by a controversy over the credentials of toppers after two of them – Saurav Shresth and Rai – struggled to answer even the basic questions.

The board has already withheld Rai and Shresth’s results. Among the 13 who turned up, there were eight among the top five from science stream, besides Shivani Singh, who finished seventh. She was called because she was also a student from the VR College where Shresth studied. There were five students from arts stream.

“I am confident because whatever marks I have got is because of my hard work. My test also went well,” said Taiyaba Parveen from Simir Bakhtiarpur school in Saharsa district.

A parent, however, didn’t approve of the board’s decision to take a retest. “Why should the students suffer for the board’s incompetence?” he said.

A board official added, “The handwriting will give an idea if the content in the answer books has been written by the candidates themselves. If the handwritings don’t match, that would be enough to not only cancel the result, but also lodge an FIR.”

In another case, if the handwritings match with the answer books but the candidates don’t demonstrate that kind of knowledge, that would mean the copies were written elsewhere and point to a deeper racket, he added.

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