Candidates claim errors in commerce, civil engg papers

APPSC assures of early redress

[ Nellie Manpoong ]

ITANAGAR, Jul 30: A day after the preliminaries of the Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Combined Competitive Examination (APPSCCE), claims of errors in the commerce and civil engineering papers have surfaced.
On Monday, commerce candidates wrote to the chairman and secretary of the Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC), placing a complaint against anomalies in the questions of the commerce paper.
Speaking to this daily, students claimed that out of the total 125 questions, 64 were out of the prescribed syllabus in the APPSCCE. On closer scrutiny, the candidates found that 64 questions were from the syllabus for the mains examination.
“We had spent months on preparing for the prelims syllabus, and over half of the questions came from the mains syllabus. They were in-depth questions, unlike the basics that are supposed to be in the prelims,” said a commerce candidate, who had also cleared his mains in the last APPSCCE.
“Last time’s commotion was mostly regarding copying questions off various websites, but they were still from the prescribed syllabus.
Ours are completely out of syllabus, and we hope the commission looks into the anomaly,” said another candidate.
The candidates have now requested the commission to either give compensatory marks for those questions or conduct fresh examination for commerce candidates only.
Similar complaints were received from the civil engineering candidates, who claimed that a little over 10 questions were out of syllabus.
APPSC Secretary Taru Talo informed that the commission has received the two complaints and is currently verifying the claims.
“There is a procedure to be followed when such glitches take place, and the commission will take appropriate action,” said Talo, and assured to address the grievances of the candidates at the earliest.
The APPSCCE preliminaries were first held on 26 November, 2017, when about 20,000 candidates had appeared for the examination.
However, a few candidates had claimed that over half of the questions in the public administration paper had questions from and from an article published on the website They had also claimed that the geography paper was much easier than the other optional papers.
In April this year, the APPSC had rescheduled the examination for 29 July.