Uttar Pradesh PCS Mains 2017 Hindi exam, which was scheduled to be held today, has been cancelled after the examination authorities gave wrong question paper to students bey mistake. The authorities distributed the Essay question paper in the first sitting whereas it was supposed to be given in the afternoon session of the exam.
The mistake led to massive protests by the aspirant. The commission has accepted the mistake and cancelled the Hindi exam for now.
The UP PCS Mains exam 2017 has been marred in controversies. It was supposed to be held on May 4, 2018 as per the first schedule released by the commission. However the exam was postponed when several candidates complained of the erroneous preliminary exam answer key.
A petition was filed in the Allahabad High Court in which candidates alleged that that answers to several of the questions asked in UPPSC PCS preliminary exam were incorrect. To this, the High Court directed the Commission to re-evaluate the answer copies of PCS prelims 2017.
On May 23, Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission (UPPSC) annouced that the exam will be held from June 19, which drew further protests from students as they complained that new schedule gives them only one-month's time to prepare. Following the uproar, the Supreme Court put a conditional stay order on the High Court's order. It was then the Commission's Secretary commented that the Main exam will be conducted in July.
On June 12, the Supreme Court dismissed the plea of the candidates who had demanded a stay on the mains examination saying UPPSC has not complied with the high court order. The apex court said the sanctity of an examination would be lost if courts through their power of judicial review keep interfering with the decisions taken by authorities conducting competitive tests.
The announcement of the exam date in late May and the exam scheduled on mid June, stirred confusion and anxiety among candidates, who have been relentlessly positing about their grievances on social media. Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav recently came out in support of the aggrieved candidates on Twitter. His tweet in Hindi, says, it's injustice not to allow candidates even a month for the preparation. 'The government should reschedule the exam date,' he further adds.
UP PCS MAINS 2017 के लिए अभ्यर्थियों को पूरे एक महीने की भी तैयारी का समय न दिया जाना उनके साथ अन्याय है. सरकार को इसकी तारीख़ बढ़ानी चाहिए. ये युवाओं के भविष्य का सवाल है.— Akhilesh Yadav (@yadavakhilesh) June 17, 2018
The latest decision by the apex court should bring some respite for the candidates.