TNPSC exam cancelled following paper leak
The Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission on Monday cancelled the Group-II examination following the leakage of a portion of the General Knowledge question paper. About six lakh candidates appeared in the examination held at hundreds of centres across the State on Sunday.
Hours after allegations surfaced in Erode and Dharmapuri that a couple of candidates were found to be in possession of a handwritten note containing at least 40 questions before the commencement of the examination, TNPSC chairman R. Nataraj ordered an enquiry. After preliminary investigation revealed that the questions found in the handwritten note matched those in the question paper issued to candidates, the examination was cancelled, sources in the commission said. Based on the report of the Collectors of Erode and Dharmapuri, the local police registered a case on Sunday and detained a few persons, including the owner of a coaching centre in Namakkal and three others in Dharmapuri. “We suspect that the questions were leaked from Tiruvannamalai. There is a specific input that some school teachers were involved in the racket. Investigation is on to ascertain the exact source of the leakage. It could have been anywhere…the printing press, transit, storage point, treasury etc.,” a top police official told The Hindu on Monday.
Mr. Nataraj said an internal probe had been ordered to ascertain how the question paper could have leaked. Though it was alleged by a candidate in Dharmapuri that he had paid Rs. 50,000 for the leaked questions, investigators were yet to ascertain the information. Prima facie, it appeared that the number of candidates who managed to access the handwritten note containing the questions could be much more than the two identified and debarred for life by the TNPSC. The date of re-examination for 3,631 vacancies in Group-II Services that includes Municipal Commissioners and Sub-Registrars would be announced later, the sources added.