Several malpractices and violation of the exam norms compelled Bhartiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) to seek the intervention of Governor S. C. Jamir. BJYM demanded the cancellation of Assistant Section Officer (ASO) exam happened in November 2015.
After a long period of 19 years, Odisha Public Service Commission (OPSC) conducted the exam of ASO. Around 60,000 candidates appeared for 900 posts at various centres across the state in the month of November. As several candidates claimed, it seemed that the fate of the candidate was already decided before the exam. According to candidates, the exam had gone through several discrepancies. During the exam, they noticed that the seal of the question paper was already broken, some candidates were allowed to carry mobile phones and admit card were not checked properly. These all activities gave a hint of the pre-determined selection process.
These were not less enough when it was found that in some centres like KIIT campus and Loila public school, questions were distributed 20-25 minutes earlier than the scheduled time and in some 20-25 centres after the scheduled time. It has been alleged that some candidates were selected who scored around 320-330 in the exam while students who got 350 were not qualified. Also, few selected candidates were those who didn’t answer even a single question.
A team of ten members comprising BJYM senior leaders and ASO aspirants submitted a memorandum requesting Governor Jamir to respond to the matter and tried to convince him to delay the result and posting process of ASO until a proper inquiry is completed.
The team claimed the politicians’ and bureaucrats’ hand to influence the wrongdoing in the examination. They said the candidates were fixed according to top echelons of the administration system and also alleged that officers of OPSC were bribed to execute this maligned activity.
Being an important post, ASO recruitment process should be scrutinized properly. Many candidates burned their midnight oil to get selected in the exam. It will let them devastated if the proper action would not be taken. After all, it is the virtuoso of the candidates which reflects a positive impact in the society, not the abetment process. Governor is yet to take any action.