For Mumbai university, goof ups during exams just don’t seem to end. While several errors in question papers plagued the first few days of the semester exams, on Thursday, MA part II students at two centres were handed out wrong question papers, halting their exam for over two hours.
Two centres distributed wrong question papers to more than 30 students appearing for the Indian government and politics paper in their sixth semester exams. While one centre was Birla College in Kalyan, the second was in Raigad.
Students said the paper they were given was based on the second semester subject of Dalit politics.
The exam, which was to be held from 11am, was suspended, during which the centres sourced the correct paper from the university. The exam finally started at 1.45 pm.
“It is very shameful that the university cannot conduct exams without any chaos. We were left rattled when we were given the wrong papers. The invigilators had no information and we had to wait for nearly two hours before we could write the exam,” said a student who appeared for the paper at Birla College.
Controller of examinations, Dinesh Bhonde, however, said it was the question paper setter’s mistake that led to the problem.
“We received the complaint and found that it happened due to an error made by the paper setter. We took corrective measures soon. We will serve a show cause notice to the setter,” he said. Bhonde refused to divulge further details.
The BCom Accounts and Finance (BAF) paper on Monday also had errors, corrections for which were issued only 30 minutes before the exam ended. The auditing paper also had mistakes that were corrected several times during the course of the exam. No extra time was given to students.
“The university informed us about the corrections very late. They did not direct us to give students extra time,” said the principal of a commerce college in the city.