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Row over bank exams in capital

Bhubaneswar, Dec. 28: Fifteen students who could not appear for the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) examinations online because of technical glitches today, staged demonstrations outside the offices of a bank and consultancy services demanding re-examination. The examination was held on December 16 for various posts.

Three-hundred students were allotted the Krupajal Engineering College centre for the exams. They could not appear for the same, following technical problem in the server. There were around 30 centres across the state in which 76,000 students appeared for the examination.

The Krupajal college was the country’s only centre that suffered from technical problems. Following demands of re-examination, the institute had last week agreed to conduct the examination, but only for a section of candidates.

However, around 15 students have not received call letters for re-examination, which is scheduled to be held tomorrow. “All others got their call letters except us. We have been moving from pillar to post but our requests are falling on deaf ears. Besides, they are not giving us a satisfactory reason for not including us in the list,” said Sumanta, a student.

These students today held protests before the TCS office (responsible for conducting the examination) in Infocity and UCO Bank at Master Canteen Square (zonal head office for conducting the examination) and handed over applications to include their names in the list. “For some of us, it is the last time that we can appear for the exams, as 27 is the maximum age limit,” said Piyush, a student.

The students rued that they had no proof to have attended the tests.