GUWAHATI, Oct 5 - A group of aggrieved candidates have submitted a memorandum to Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and the Chairman of the Assam Public Service Commission (APSC), alleging anomalies in the evaluation process resulting in �their merit not being duly awarded during the paper-checking procedure which, consequently, had led to their exclusion for the viva of CCE-2016.�
In the memorandum, the candidates stated that the Commission has not been able to put in place a proper checking process of answerscript evaluation expected from an august authority like the APSC for a coveted examination like CCE.
��the very admission by the Secretary APSC that the Commission has no control on the ways and means in which the teachers evaluate the scripts gives credence to the fact that there is no standard operating procedure in place and the evaluation is based on mere whims and fancies of the examiner,� the memo said, referring to the candidates� meetings with the official.
Stating that the officials concerned of APSC evade any objections regarding �unusual� mains results citing paucity of experts in relevant fields, the memo said, �We have a fair ground to perceive that the decision-making authority of APSC has resorted to substandard experts to complete the process in haste. The Commission may also consider the profile of the teachers who have examined the answer sheets.�
Arguing that the sanctity of the CCE (Mains)-2016 result list cannot be guaranteed if the very hands that award marks are mired in doubt, the aggrieved candidates demanded a thorough investigation which should also bring to its ambit the examiners with past doubtful integrity, limited subject exposure or those with active liaison with coaching institutes.
�Without the same, the CCE (M) 2016 results would always suffer from serious integrity issues and fail to register the aura of a reformed era in the minds of students,� it added.
It further said that the CCE Mains result list throws light on an interesting issue of about 22 candidates being selected in a serial manner. �Though the matter may be purely coincidental, the past history of APSC in manipulating such seemingly trivial issues gives a scope for apprehension. The aspirant community would beg your kind intervention in the afore-stated issues and arrange to assuage the apprehensions of the students through pro-active steps,� the memo said.
It also called for putting on hold the viva stage of CCE (M) 2016 pending an inquiry either by government agencies or a thorough re-evaluation of answerscripts by UPSC-empanelled evaluators.