This is an open letter to the Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh regarding ongoing APPSCCE (P) – 2018 controversy. Congratulations on being recognised as 4th best chief minister of India in such a short duration in office. In last two years your government have undertook many development works at faster phase; Civil Secretariat Complex, ISBT, Dorjee Khandu state convention centre etc., are some of best infrastructure that we have witnessed. We believe our state will reach new heights in future, if you continue to be our Chief Minister. Your thought and vision to transform our state is clear and known by all particularly the youths of the state.
Last year under your government, the APPSC cancelled APPSCCE (P) – 2017; after aspirants protested over anomalies in question papers of the optional subjects. The reason for cancellation of exam was due to errors in question paper and setting Public Administration questions from Pakistan – based website (Which were legitimate concerning the Public Administration syllabus is concerned but the Commission succumbed to demand of the protesters). The People’s Party of Arunachal (PPA) also submitted memorandum to APPSC for immediate adaptation of UPSC pattern for conduction of the civil service exam.
This year the blunder of the Commission is colossal – there are errors in many optional question papers like law, history, geography, public administration, civil engineering, philosophy etc. The geography and law optional papers had several questions from the NET (JRF) exam-2014; the law and civil engineering papers had out-of-syllabus questions. Lack of moderation in optional question papers; which nullifies level playing stage.
In the history paper, at least 55 questions were copied from the website www.cbsenetuge.com, while public administration had over 70 questions picked sequentially out of a civil service guide book. Such mass copy pasting of questions arises many doubts as there are every chances of leakage of question papers. This can be suspected from the facts that no candidate has qualified from the statistics, philosophy, mathematics and chemistry papers, while commerce, law, physics, and electrical engineering have representation of less than (1%) each. The highest number of candidates who qualified is in the animal husbandry & veterinary science (28.57%), agriculture (16.16%), and psychology (9.67%) papers.
The most shocking blunder of the Commission is the declaration of the second prelims results on 16 August (where 76 candidates from geography ‘C’ series qualified); which was in violation of Clause 11 of Schedule 2 of the APPSCC Rules 2001, as the commission could apply this schedule only before declaration of the result. The fact that the APPSC Secretary confessing before the media, public and aspirant about lacuna is enough to re – conduct this year’s prelims exam, as the matter is of higher intensity.
Furthermore, the Commission itself has declared that their staffs have provided wrong answer keys in the OMR sheet of candidates. This implies that the same staffs can also provide right answer keys in the OMR sheets of non – serious aspirants. The picture of Commission’s blunder becomes clearer when the Commission declared in their affidavit that indeed there were 64 questions which were out of syllabus.
Earlier, Prof Dr. Otem Padung from RGU has certified that more than 78 questions of Commerce optional paper were from out of prescribed syllabus. He also noted that moderation of the questions were not done and observed that the 100 % questions in the commerce optional paper for APPSCCE (P) – 2018 has been set from the syllabus prescribed for mains. Dr KR Babu of IGG College also found that very few questions were from the prescribed syllabus for prelims and a large number of questions were from the syllabus prescribed for mains in violation of the norms.
Dear Chief Minister, your government has successfully carried out Swatch Bharat Abhiyan in the state, made Arunachal Pradesh as second open defecation Free State in North East and now in full swing for Swatchhta hi Seva: we the deprived aspirant request your government to carry out clean drive in the APPSC and restore the lost prestige of the Commission; consequently look into our grievance for re – conduction of APPSCCE (P) – 2018 in CSAT pattern in fair manner for one and all.
Frustrated Deprived Aspirant