Allegations and Demonstrations
After the conclusion of the JSSC CGL-2023, which marked the commission’s return after a decade, complaints of a paper leak surfaced. Candidates, especially from Ranchi, voiced their concerns about three leaked questions in the General Knowledge/General Studies section. Demonstrations ensued in front of the State Library in Ranchi, and similar protests were reported in other districts. The discontent among candidates was palpable, with accusations of more than 50% of the questions and answers being leaked in the General Study paper.
JSSC’s Response and Investigation
Following the uproar, the JSSC issued a notification late on Sunday night, officially cancelling the third shift examination. An official statement acknowledged the complaint of a paper leak and pledged to conduct an investigation into its authenticity. If proven true, the JSSC assured that a First Information Report (FIR) would be lodged. More than 50 questions from the leaked paper were reportedly identical to those in the actual exam.
Demand for High-Level Investigation
Candidates, dissatisfied with the situation, demanded a high-level investigation and the formation of a committee to look into the matter. Protests outside the State Library included calls for a thorough examination of the irregularities in the conduct of the exam. Alleging a disturbance in Jharkhand before examinations, candidates sought intervention from the government. The demand for a postponement of the upcoming examination scheduled for February 4 gained traction as candidates underscored the need for a fair and transparent evaluation process.
As the JSSC faces scrutiny over the alleged paper leak, the commission is expected to announce new dates for the cancelled third shift examination soon. The incident highlights the challenges in ensuring the integrity of competitive exams and emphasizes the importance of stringent measures to curb malpractices and maintain the credibility of the examination process.