SSC cancels MTS exam, will hold afresh in online mode to avoid malpractice

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SSC MTS 2017 has been scrapped completely.

Staff Selection Commission yesterday issued a press note saying that SSC MTS 2017 exam has been cancelled for all 5 dates. Multitasking staff exam was held on April 30 and May 14, while the next dates were May 28, June 4 & 11. The commission has further said that to avoid any further malpractice in the exam, it will hold MTS exam in online mode (computer based).

The Commission has yet again failed to conduct the examination in a transparent manner. Even the first day of the SSC MTS exam (April 30) was marred with the paper leak reports. The question paper of the second shift examination was doing rounds in the social media while the first shift exam was going on, this forced the SSC to cancel the particular shift exam. And just one week ago, as SSC conducted the MTS exam’s second day (on May 14), the same story repeated itself.

“The Commission has taken a decision to cancel the Multi-tasking Staff (Non-Technical) Examination, 2016 in the OMR based mode for all 5 days. The said examination would now be conducted by the Commission afresh in the computer-based mode, tentatively during the month of September-October, 2017. The details in this regard would be hosted on the website of the Commission in due course,” the notice reads.

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A screen grab of the SSC notice which says, “SSC MTS examination has been cancelled”. You can see the full notice on www.ssc.nic.in.

SSC MTS 2017 had already been leaked for the offline exams that were held on April 30th and 14th May. Looking that the news of “SSC MTS paper leaked” made the headlines in newspapers country-wide, the commission took the notice and finally scrapped the exams which were scheduled for 28th May, 4th June and 11th June, 2017. It’s really an dilemma for everyone involved. Nobody knows what to make of it, it’s a good news that the exam is being held afresh, or a really bad news that the months of hard work of the candidates just went to hell.

A country which has the second largest education system in the world, it’s really painful to see this kind of utter failure on part of the government, and the department, SSC itself which has time and time again failed to stop the menace of paper leak. Not just the government and the commission, consider the kinds of people who will go to any lengths to get a government job, considered an epitome of lifetime security. In doing so, the issues becomes for lakhs. Just so you know, more than 60 lakh candidates had applied for just 8 thousand posts.

The question here arises, will holding the exam in online mode solve anything? Because if previous years’ reports suggest anything, it’s that that even the online exams get messed up.

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