Launching a fresh attack on Madhya Pradesh Public Service Commission (MPPSC), Ratlam former MLA Paras Saklecha and RTI activist Ajay Dubey on Saturday alleged that the commission flouted several norms and guidelines during preliminary examination of 2013.
Demanding cancellation of 2013 preliminary examination which was conducted on July 27, and has landed in controversy after the declaration of results, Saklecha and Dubey said exam cancellation is the only solution left in front of the commission.
The duo has also demanded probe by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) or Special Task Force (STF) into the exams conducted by the commission in the last eight years.
The MPPSC conducted preliminary examination for 755 vacant posts at various departments on July 27, 2014 in which over four lakh candidates appeared. The exam remained in news for wrong reason since the declaration of results on August 29, last year.
After declaration, the commission had admitted errors in a dozen questions in the general studies paper and four questions in the general aptitude paper and decided to award two "bonus" marks for each wrong question.
However, bowing down to series of protest by candidates, commission revoked their decision and decided to select candidates for main examination on the basis of marks obtained out of the 184 out of the 200 questions.
Later, on November 29, 2014, the commission declared amended results. In all, 12,399 candidates have qualified for the MPPSC main examinations slated to be held in the month of March this year.
"Sixteen wrong questions, dozens of which were alone in the general studies question paper show that the commission is not serious about the candidates' future," Saklecha said. Saklecha said it was not the first time that the state public service commission committed such blunder.
One of the green cardholder candidates, who was declared failed in the exam, was found eligible for the next round of exam by the the commission after he received a copy of his optical mark reader (OMR) sheet through RTI.