The Hush Post: What can be more weird and comical than a state civil service exam in India being set up by copying questions from a Pakistan website, to test the intelligence of candidates who will serve in India if they get selected . It talks volumes of the efficiency of the state government agencies invested with the responsibilty of setting question papers for the future administrative officials.Candidates appearing for the combined competitive preliminary exams conducted by the Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC) last month were taken aback by questions that did not seem relevant and did not make much sense to them.
It was later found out that more than half the questions were copied from www.cssforum.com.pk, a resource website for civil services examinations in Pakistan. CSSforum.com.pk is a complete resource for CSS competitive examination and information about Pakistan civil service. The website serves as a free resource to help and guide CSS aspirants.
Some questions were also lifted from the 2008 Union Public Service Commission exams but without proper options to choose from. In the sociology paper, 90% of the questions were allegedly taken from an online discussion forum. The veterinary paper too had 60 questions taken from an online question bank Vetscan.
“Some of the questions in general studies, sociology and political science were in the context of a foreign country,” one of the candidates said.
Most of the question papers of the examination were photocopied and some were also tampered with. A lot of copy-pasting had been done while setting up the papers.
A committee was formed on Monday which set a deadline for APPSC to re-conduct the preliminary exams within three months.
This is not the first time that the APPSC is embroiled in a controversy. In 2015, allegations of a question paper leak led to the dismissal of four officials of the commission.
The question paper fiasco hit APPSC days after 25 officers in Assam were arrested and dismissed for their involvement in a cash-for-jobs scam in the Assam Public Service Commission (APSC). A former APPSC chairperson a few and other persons associated with the commission are in jail for their alleged role in the job-selling scam.