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SSC exam leak: CBI initiates probe, parliamentary panel asks commission to maintain sanctity of exam

Students have been protesting outside the SSC office at CGO complex in the national capital since February 27, seeking a CBI probe into the alleged paper leak in the Combined Graduate-Level (CGL) exam.

education Updated: Mar 14, 2018 20:51 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
New Delhi
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SSC aspirants stage protest outside Staff Selection Commission office against the leak of examination paper, in New Delhi.(Vipin Kumar/HT File Photo)

The CBI has registered a preliminary enquiry (PE) into alleged irregularities in the Staff Selection Commission (SSC) examination held between February 17 and 22, 2018 even as a parliamentary panel asked the commission to maintain the sanctity of its examination process.

A preliminary enquiry is a precursor to a regular case or FIR under which the agency conducts an initial inquiry to see whether the charges levelled in a complaint warrant the registration of a regular case.

“A PE has been registered following a reference from the government in this regard,” said a CBI official familiar with the matter.

The decision to hand over the probe to the CBI was taken after candidates appearing in the Combined Graduate-Level (CGL) tier-two exam alleged that at least one paper was leaked. A group of candidates sat on protest outside the SSC headquarters in the CGO complex.

The SSC was established as the Subordinate Services Commission in 1975 and two years later renamed as the Staff Selection Commission. The commission is mandated to make recruitment to Group `B’ (Non-Gazetted) and Group `C’ (Non-Technical) posts in government. Besides it conducts exams for the recruitment for Group ‘B’ (Gazetted) posts of Assistant Accounts Officer and Assistant Audit Officer for the Indian Audit and Accounts Department.

In 2017-18, the commission is anticipating that about two crore candidates would be applying for various examinations to be conducted by SSC.

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and Justice in a report tabled in the parliament on Wednesday said the SSC has had to cancel nine of its examinations, fully or partially, in the past five years.

“Such cancellation of exams is a complete waste of efforts and resources of both the aspirants and the government and also dims the image of the commission in the eyes of general public,” said the report referring to the CBI probe.

The report said the sanctity of examination process must be maintained and it is equally important that the trust of the public and of examinees in the examination process is maintained at any cost. The committee recommended the SSC to make all efforts to make examinations free from all types of malpractices and technical glitches.

The panel also recommended that the manpower and infrastructure of the SSC be increased as the number of candidates taking its exams have increased 20-fold in the last decade.

First Published: Mar 14, 2018 19:09 IST