Candidates of the assistant grade examination protest at RPS More in Patna on Sunday.
Picture by Ashok Sinha
Around 60 candidates of the assistant grade examination conducted by Bihar State Selection Commission almost missed their test on Sunday owing to a purported miscommunication.
They had turned up at Patna Science College, the exam centre printed on their admit cards, only to be told that the centre had been changed to RPS College on Bailey Road in west Patna, around 15km away.
Ajay Kumar, a candidate from Siwan, reached Patna Science College ahead of the stipulated one hour before the test was scheduled to start. But at the gate, he was told that the science college was not holding any competitive exam though his admit card carried the name of Patna Science College.
Ajay took the mobile number of the science college principal, M.N. Sinha, from the security guard and called him up. The principal confirmed his fear.
The youths assembled on the science college campus got to know from other examinees at other centres that the commission had indeed changed examination centres. Thereafter, they left for RPS College.
Kuldeep Kumar, another examinee who faced the same predicament, said: "When we came to know about our new exam centre, we left for RPS College, 15km away. But when we reached there around 10.15-20am, the centre superintendent refused to allow us in since we were late by 15-20mins."
The students then staged a protest outside RPS College. Sources said they were allowed entry only after the college administration informed the commission about the incident.
Bihar State Selection Commission secretary Parmeshwar Ram said: "We had published notices in local newspapers twice on changes in 22 examination centres."
Sources in Bihar State Selection Commission said the changes in examination centre had been made as several colleges had refused to hold the examination, citing "technical" reasons and had also informed the matter to the district administration.
On Sunday, candidates appeared for the Bihar State Selection Commission intermediate-level assistant grade examination and students had general knowledge and general studies paper.
This is not for the first time that Bihar State Selection Commission has been in the news for wrong reasons.
Only days ago, the commission had to order an inquiry after a picture of an almost naked girl was found pasted on one of the admit cards issued for the clerical grade examination.
The Bihar State Selection Commission decided to initiate a probe after the copy of the admit card went viral on the social media, bringing much disrepute to the organisation. The outcome of the probe is awaited.