Bhubaneswar: Citing irregularities in examination for assistant surgeon post conducted by Odisha Public Service Commission (OPSC) on January 9, 2018, students have alleged that there were as many as 15 errors in the answer key.
Despite the allegations were leveled against the OPSC, authorities of the commission have been silent and did not post the right answer key on the website. Only after Orissa High Court's directive, the answer key was later published on the website. As per the charges, the OPSC authorities did not intentionally publish the answer key as students with correct answers secured less marks because of errors in answer key.
"Cetirizine is an antihistamine. But as per the answer key, it is an anti-asthmatic drug. Similarly, in another question about how local anesthesia could be injected in painless manner, the answer key suggested that injection should be administered repeatedly. Many answers in the answer key were wrong, but OPSC did not bother to rectify them," alleged Anil Kumar Sahoo, a student.
Expressing similar views, Suman Tripathy, a complainant said, "When I checked my examination papers, I found 14 errors as per their answer key. Though I informed them (OPSC), they did not listen to us."
Moreover, it is alleged that candidates with less marks have also got jobs and the silence of OPSC on the whole matter has raised many eyebrows.
"Despite securing lower than the cut-off, candidates have got jobs. The OPSC has not clearly stated the basis on which the cut-off was finalized," stated Lokanath Sadangi, another complainant.
"We apprised the OPSC secretary about the errors and have filed a written application," said Sanjay Kumar Panigrahi, another complainant.
Meanwhile, students have sought intervention of the Chief Minister and the Health Minister in the incident.
"There is a corruption in OPSC and meritorious students are deprived of jobs because of corrupt officers," said Pradeep Pradhan, a social activist.
"The State government is providing jobs based on favoritism. Corruption is evident here," said Golak Mohapatra, spokesperson, BJP.
Echoing similar views, Odisha Chhatra Congress president, Itish Pradhan said, "Dental students' future has been thrown into darkness. We oppose the move and demand jobs for eligible candidates. Immediate action should be taken against those involved in the irregularities; else we will hit the streets."