In a landmark judgment, Indore bench of Madhya Pradesh high court directed Madhya Pradesh Public Service Commission (MPPSC) on Thursday to specially hold mains examination for a candidate.
On Thursday, the court ordered the MPPSC to specially conduct mains examination of MP State Administrative Services, 2012 for a candidate, Pallavi Shukla, who wrote the preliminary examination in 2012. Pallavi was declared unqualified for the mains examination by two marks.
When she obtained her answer sheets and model answer keys of the PSC under RTI, she found that one of her correct answers was marked as wrong.
The question, which was marked wrong, was: "Which of the following are valid domain name extensions?" and the options were .com, .net, .gov and all of the above. She marked the answer as 'all of the above', which was marked as wrong by the MPPSC.
She had moved the high court of MP bench at Indore by preferring a writ petition.
"The HC had directed the state government to constitute an expert committee to verify the correct answer of this question. It was opined by the expert committee that the correct answer to the said question is 'all of the above'," Shukla's counsel Raghvendra Singh Raghuvanshi said.
"Agreeing to the contentions of the petitioner, Justice SC Sharma has declared the petitioner as qualified in the said preliminary examination and ordered the MPPSC to specially conduct her mains examination within a period of 60 days," said Raghuvanshi while talking to Hindustan Times.
The said decision has put the MPPSC in a bind as mains examinations of MPPSC 2012 were held in 2013 and results were declared in the same year. Now, qualified students are all set to appear in the interview.
MPPSC chairman Manohar Dubey said they will appeal against the decision in the double bench of high court as the court had earlier accepted their plea on the same issue.