Bowing to pressures from candidates opposing the state public service commission’s recent move to award ‘bonus’ marks for each ‘wrong question’ in the preliminary examination of 2013, the commission on Wednesday decided to scrap the marks.
The selection of aspirants will now be made on the basis of marks obtained out of the 184 out of the 200 questions, said a senior official at the Madhya Pradesh Public Service Commission (MPPSC) head office in Indore.
"After going through memorandums submitted by (the) students, the commission has decided to scrap all 16 wrong questions asked in (the) examination," said Vandana Vaid, the commission's deputy secretary after a four-hour-long meeting with the agitating candidates Wednesday.
"Now, the commission will declare the preliminary exam results on basis of 184 questions—88 in general studies and 96 in general aptitude."
The MPPSC preliminary examination for recruitment to various state services was held on July 27 for filling nearly 800 vacant posts.
Over four lakh candidates appeared in the examination.
On August 29, the commission had admitted errors in a dozen questions in the general studies paper and four questions in the general aptitude paper of preliminary examination and decided to award two ‘bonus’ marks for each wrong question.
The commission had earlier decided to award 32 ‘bonus’ marks to candidate for each "wrong question" after admitting errors in 16 questions asked in preliminary examination 2013.
After the decision, a large number of candidates, who had appeared in the 2013 exam, had staged a protest outside the commission head office demanding it to either do away with the bonus marks or quash the entire examination.
Citing a case of Maharashtra Public Services Commission 2012 exam, which was quashed after the Bombay High Court intervened in the matter, the agitating candidates said the commission’s move will go against the interest of meritorious candidates, who had answered the questions and will benefit candidates who had either failed to attempt all the questions or left out the 'wrong questions'.
We are still on losing side: candidates
The candidates said that this was not the first time that the state public service commission was trying to hide its mistakes by awarding bonus marks to the candidates for wrong questions.
They alleged that even in 2012, the commission had given 10 bonus marks against wrong questions
Sixteen wrong questions, dozens of which were alone in the general studies question paper shows that the commission is not serious about the candidates' future, they said.
Candidates, who attempted all the questions said they were disappointed with the commission’s Wednesday’s decision.
The commission’s decision will benefit those who either did not try to answer the questions or gave wrong answers, they said.