[Nellie N Manpoong]
ITANAGAR, Aug 2: The Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC) has declared the results of the preliminaries of the Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Combined Competitive Examination (APPSCCE), with 1263 candidates qualifying to appear in the mains examination.
This development came a day after the APPSC had said the results would be withheld until the commission came to a conclusive decision on the grievances of the commerce, civil engineering and geography candidates.
Over 22,000 admit cards were issued earlier, out of which 12,086 candidates appeared for the preliminaries on 29 July, informed APPSC Secretary Taru Talo.
He also said that the grievances of the complainants were addressed before declaring the results on Thursday.
“We cannot satisfy everybody, and the commission has taken a rightful decision,” he told this daily on Thursday night, soon after the results were declared.
Talo further informed that the commission hopes to conduct the mains in October this year but is yet to take a concrete decision on it at the moment.
The preliminaries were first held on 26 November, 2017, which was followed by a series of allegations of anomalies in the question papers.
Several candidates, especially of the public administration and sociology papers, had claimed that the public administration paper had questions from www.cssforum.com.pk and from an article published on the website www.sociologydiscussion.com by an unrecognized author.
They had also alleged that the geography paper was much easier than other optional papers, and had raised doubts on the commission members.
While most candidates did not agree with the protesting candidates then, they did not voice their resentment either, and a series of protests were held by the aggrieved candidates.
The commission gave in to the pressure and rescheduled the examination. It also blacklisted the agency it had outsourced for preparing the question papers, and outsourced it to a new agency this time.
After the exam was rescheduled in April this year and held on 29 July, the preliminaries were held under strict regulations across the state, and internet services were also shut down during the entire duration of the examination throughout all district headquarters where the exam was being conducted.
A day after, the commerce, civil engineering and geography candidates raised concerns over alleged anomalies found in their subjects, and called on the commission to hold fresh examinations for their respective subject papers only.
Again, while all candidates did not support the protesting candidates, the aggrieved candidates continued to stage protests outside the APPSC office here in the past few days.
Some aggrieved candidates were also seen outside the commission’s office on Thursday morning.