Case: Sanctity of government jobs exams must be maintained, says Parliamentary Panel

Committee said that the regular audit of the hardware and software should be carried out by government agencies for making the examination foolproof.

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Making it clear that sanctity of examinations and students trust in the overall system must be ensured at all cost, a Parliamentary panel who is looking into Paper leak cases to the Staff Selection Commission (SSC) to leave no stone unturned on ensuring that recruitment tests are free from any malpractices. SSC is a central government organisation that conducts examinations for various junior level posts in central government. According to reports, in last five years, it had cancelled nine examinations, fully or partially. So, much so that it had recommend a CBI enquiry into allegations pertaining to the conduct of Combined Graduate Level (Tier-II) examination 2017.

Large of number students are still protesting against the paper leak and cancellation of examination, the Parliamentary panel said such cancellation of exams is a complete waste of efforts and resources of both the aspirants and the government and also dims the image of the Commission in the eyes of general public. The job aspirants lose their precious time and effort that they have put in preparing for those exams, the Department Related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and Justice said in its report tabled recently in Parliament.

On the other hand much of time and money of the Commission is lost and the user Departments have to wait more for getting shortlisted candidates for appointment, the panel said. Therefore, the committee recommends that learning from the past experiences, the commission should spare no efforts in making the process of examination free from all types of malpractices and technical glitches, the report said.

The committee feels that the sanctity of examination process must be maintained and it is equally important that the trust of public in general and of examinees in particular, in the examination process is maintained at any cost, it said. As the examinations have gone online and the information technology infrastructure for conduct of examinations are hired from private institutions/labs and technical service providers, these entities should be closely supervised by the commission and adequate number of central government officers should be deployed at examination centres in invigilation/supervisory capacity, the panel suggested. In addition to this, regular audit of the hardware and software should be carried out by government agencies for making the examination foolproof, it added.

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