Several candidates, who came to the Delhi l from across the country to appear for the Staff Selection Commission’s Common Graduate Level Test, could not sit for the exam on August 8 due to shortage of question papers at various centres.
The problem occurred as the SSC sent only a limited number of question papers to the centres, expecting only 70 per cent of the candidates to come for the exams. As a result, even if supervisors at the centres wanted to accommodate all the students, they couldn’t due to severe shortage of question papers. All this occurred during the first shift of the paper. “I had come all the way from Hisar (Haryana) to appear for my examination. It has been raining miserably since morning. Even then I managed to reach the centre somehow. But I was not allowed to sit for the exams because I was told that the question papers fell short. I don’t come from a rich family and managing the travelling expenses to make it to Delhi was tough for me. This is highly irresponsible on part of the SSC. Who will be paying for the loss of my travelling expenses? Candidates like me should definitely get compensation.” says Sunil Kaushik, a candidate for the CGLT.
Staff Selection Commission (SSC) conducts Combined Graduate Level Examination (SSC-CGL) for recruitment to different Central Civil posts – Assistant, Inspector, SI, Divisional Accountant, Statistical Officer, Auditor, Accountant, Junior Accountant, UDC, Tax Assistant, Compiler, for which graduation from a recognised university is the minimum educational qualification required. The recruitment for these posts is done in departments of Central Secretariat Service, Central Vigilance Commission, Intelligence Bureau, Ministry of Railways, Ministry of External Affairs, Ministry of Defence, CBI and a few other Ministries, Departments and Organisations of the Central government.
While students outside another centre in Ansari Nagar were quite disappointed for not being able to sit for the SSC examination, Bhopal Singh, principal of NP Co-ed Model Senior Secondary School, denied having information regarding any such issue. Another CGLT candidate Mandeep Deswal said that, “It’s highly disappointing to witness this kind of an attitude from such a reputed organisation like the Staff Selection Commission. I had come all the way from Rajasthan to appear for this test. There was barely any shelter to save myself from the rain and it becomes really disheartening when you are sent back. I hope that the SSC extends better ways to tackle such issues so that individuals like me do not suffer.”