Madhya Pradesh Public Service Commission (MPPSC) has debarred seven professors from different institutions across India in charges of setting its question papers for releasing incorrect model answers of the state civil services preliminary exam-2018.
“We can’t disclose names of the senior professors to maintain confidentiality but the letters (informing them of the commission’s decision) have been sent to them,” said Dinesh Jain, exam controller of the MPPSC.
According to commission sources, the professors were long connected with the MPPSC for setting question papers.
In the exam, held in February 2018, there were about 10 multiple-choice questions whose model answers published on the commission’s website were either wrong or have more than one correct answer.
Over two lakh candidates had appeared for the exam this year.
On February 23, 2018 the MPPSC released a model answer sheet permitting examinees to raise doubt to the answers. The commission received 849 doubts, as five answers were mistaken.
It then declared a second model answer sheet on March 12, 2018. But it also contained five questions for which there could be several answers.
“Besides, different answers were given to the same question in the two sets of the model answer sheet,” said an applicant Nilesh Kumar Mishra. He was among the applicants who had filed the petition in the high court.
“MPPSC conducted recruitment exam for Class II and above posts. They should act responsibly. They put future of hundreds of students at stake because,” said Akshay Hunka, a social activist, who is holding a protest against the alleged irregularities in the exam.
“The MPPSC committed a forgery by changing the second model answer sheet on the website without any notification,” added Hunka.