Staff Selection Commission – Combined Graduate Level Examination, also referred to as SSC CGL is an examination conducted to recruit staff to various posts in ministries, departments, and organizations of the Government of India. SSC CGL Tier 2 exam was held from 17th to 22nd of February 2018. This exam was conducted with 206 exam centers where a total of 189843 candidates appeared.
Chaos was witnessed among participants and various students when there was an alleged paper leak in the SSC CGL Tier 2 exam. Since then candidates have been protesting about this manipulation and corrupted exam practice alleging the institution of the same.
The following events have appeared since then:-
On 17th February, the SSC canceled the 2nd shift of the examination which took place at Animate Infotech, Mohan Cooperative Industrial Estate in New Delhi. This exam was canceled on the basis of “prima facie evidence” which were received by the commission. Commission later stated that “Prima-facie evidence clearly indicated that the entire episode was created by some unruly elements, with an intention, to try to disrupt the examination”.
On 21st February, the exam key of the mathematics section was leaked on online due to which the exam which was about to take place at 9:45 am was rescheduled for a later time of 12:15 pm. According to SSC at 8.45 am the service provider informed of technical glitches following which the rescheduling happened. As a result of this the no. of candidates which appeared for the paper decreased from 41,331 to 33,075 candidates only.
On 23rd February, an official notice was given out by the commission stating that the photos of answer key leaked online was a manipulated one and was the objective to defame the organization. The official update by the Commission, then, stated that ‘allegation in this regard was totally mischievous and baseless.’
On 24th February, SSC again took out a further notice and blaming the issue on technical glitches it stated that exam would be re-held.
On 25th February, protests regarding the alleged SSC exam scam were already in full swing among the students and the affected aspirants. Allegations were made on the commission of being corrupted and a sellout. The protestors demanded an independent CBI inquiry in this whole event.
On 27th February, after a protest rally, SSC met a delegation of three candidates and took note of the issues raised in the representation.
On 28th February, the candidates were given specific time duration to present all the possible facts to strengthen their allegations. The Commission later cited the protest to be ‘instigated by coaching institutes with vested interests.
On 1st March Ministry of Personnel, Pension and Public Grievances agreed to have a meet with the delegated members among the candidates and further stated that if the evidence is found substantiated then the matter will be referred for CBI inquiry. Else, the Crime Branch of Delhi Police which is already seized of the matter upon a referral by Staff Selection Commission, shall complete its inquiry in a time-bound manner and submit its report for further necessary action.
On 2 March Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted asking for a CBI inquiry into the ‘SSC exam scam’. He tweeted, “Thousands of aspirants are demanding a CBI inquiry into the SSC exam scam. This issue is related to their future. The central government should immediately accept the aspirants’ demand and order a CBI inquiry”. Backed by Shashi Tharoor who tweeted, ‘However, it appears that the SSC is only willing to form a SIT probe, a cause of further anguish for these students, since it is likely that the members of this probe will be current employees of the SSC themselves, thereby opening the door for a potentially biased investigation.’
On 4th March, a delegation of candidates led by Member of Parliament, Manoj Tiwari met the Chairman, SSC demanding a CBI inquiry into the SSC CGL 2017 row. ‘The Commission agreed in recommending to the Department of Personnel & Training to request the Government to conduct a CBI inquiry into the allegations of leakage of questions of Paper-I on 21.2.2018 and other related issues.’
An initial probe into the evidence from the SSC CGL 2017 aspirants will be on 5 March at ‘the Central Server of the Service Provider of the Staff Selection Commission by requisitioning forensic experts of CFSL, CBI in presence of the witnesses of the delegation.’
By witnessing such circumstances one comes across various questions such as- How many more such cases? Is the whole SSC involved in this? Was it just the involvement at the level of the exam center? Such questions have made the common citizens outrageous especially the future coming generation which may lead to lack of trust in government institutions and their workings.