FPSC under fire after CSS paper leak on social media

Candidates demand fair investigation into matter on immediate basis


Our Correspondent February 28, 2017
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MULTAN: Candidates who appeared in Central Superior Services (CSS) exam 2017 said the news regarding the leakage of CSS exam papers on social media has put the credibility of Federal Public Service Commission at stake.

They said the FPSC is an auspicious and highest authority which selects the officers to run the administration of Pakistan and thus is responsible for conducting fair examination giving each and every candidate a chance to prove his abilities.

More than 500 candidates from Multan demanded fair investigation of the matter on immediate basis.

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Ali Hussain, a candidate who appeared in CSS 2017 exam, said although FPSC issued a press release and sought FIA’s assistance in the thorough investigation of the matter, but still no information has been revealed to the candidates.

“This does not happen for the first time. Earlier, it happened in 2014 when some students were given easy access to the question paper prior to exam and later on FPSC ordered re-examination in Faisalabad,” said Zunaira, another candidate. She said the FPSC should reconduct the exam as if this scam proves true, it would give unfair advantage to some students and it would be injustice to the others.

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Earlier, a news item appeared in the press about availability of guess/questions papers on social media relating to two compulsory papers of CSS-2017 examination. It has been alleged that the actual questions in the papers were quite similar.

The candidates emphasised the need to develop strong and foolproof mechanisms to maintain secrecy and confidentiality of question papers and other related information at the FPSC.

They opined certain quarters might be making an attempt to cast aspersions on the working of the FPSC .The matter had been taken seriously by the commission and accordingly referred to Federal Investigation Agency to probe and investigate the matter.

FIA Director General ordered to launch an investigation into CSS paper leak scam. Officials claim a woman leaked the CSS examination questions on social networking site facebook some 20 days before the exam date.

They revealed the woman leaked English paper on January 26, while the assessment was held on February 16. The woman also mentioned two queries of current affairs paper on January 31.

The questions asked in CSS examination were same which she wrote on her account. It was learnt that a group had been releasing secret information regarding FPSC and was charging Rs30,000 to Rs80,000 from individuals for such services.

On the other hand, senior bureaucrats said they will soon unearth the reality behind the scam.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 28th, 2017.

COMMENTS (2)

Zohaib | 4 years ago | Reply 100% agreed.FPSC must be brought to book.. Candidates appeared in previous CSS exams have also faced injustice.Conducting exam in Urdu will not solve the issue. B/c problem lies in checking methodology and transparency of FPSC.So Candidates should be re- examined,and number of attempts should also be increased to compensate the candidates of this exam and previous CSS exams of 2015,2016.
Naushan Ahmed | 4 years ago | Reply I am requesting all the CSS aspirant to use whatever resources you can to elicit a full re-exam from FPSC if the paper leak is proved true. The argument for full re-exam is justified because those who got the hint of Essay paper would have done it very well.This must have eased their psychological pressure.Owing to which,they would have attempted the rest of the papers with ease and confidence.It is a fact that many aspirants lose interest in subsequent papers and do not do well in them once their essay paper goes bad.However,because of Essay leak,many candidates would have averted this scenario and excelled in remaining papers.Now if only essay is re examined,those who knew the paper because of leaks will get an advantage since their rest of the papers must have gone well due to reduction of pressure by essay. All of you are urged to campaign wherever you can.It's not only about ours.But,it's also about the future of upcoming generations.
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