NBPT exam irregularities: Irate candidates set fire to answer scripts

Bhubaneswar: Protesting gross irregularities in the National Bureau of Professional Testing (NBPT) examinations conducted by the Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan Education Programme (SREP) held in the city this morning, the irate candidates set fire to their answer scripts and demanded refund of their application fee from the concerned authorities.

Reports said the examination began at the MBS Public School in the city at about 10 AM. But tension ran high as the candidates, to their utter dismay, found that the question papers and OMR sheets provided to them were different. As a result, they could not mark their answers in the OMR sheets as they were not provided with the question papers.

“When I asked about the matter to the concerned authorities conducting the examination, they told me that considering the answers I have given to the objective questions which are non-core subjects, they will call me for interview. How can they call me for interview when I have not given any answer to my core subject?” said a candidate expressing her resentment.

Showing the OMR sheets to the media, the candidate said it has neither the bar code and nor the signature of the candidate. “Besides, there is no signature of the centre superintendent and the invigilator on the OMR sheets. Surprisingly, there was no invigilator present during the examination.

Another candidate said the Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan Education Programme had invited application from the candidates for the post of junior, associate and senior professors. The application fee for one post was fixed at Rs 450 while for the three posts it was Rs 1350.

“But we were surprised to know that duration of the examination for the candidates who have applied for three posts and those applied for one post will be three hours. We also found that there was the logo of SREP in the admit card but there was different logo of another institute in the OMR sheet. Besides, some of the questions were hand-written. To appear in this examination, we had to skip the Staff Selection Board (SSB) examination which was scheduled today,” she added.

Following the complaint of the students, the Kharavela Nagar police rushed to the centre and took Dipak Kumar Rout, organiser of the examination, for interrogation.