The APPSCCE fiasco

Dear Editor,
It is understood from the silence of our apex student body, CBOs and elders that they don’t take the Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Combined Competitive Exam (APPSCCE) fiasco seriously. Any scandal and repetitive blunders from the commission’s side is detrimental to the career of every civil service aspirants. The professional standard of the APPSC has reached the lowest level with the current APPSCCE fiasco.
Considering the current scenario, the commission will take three years to conduct every APPSCCE. The APPSC was constituted to promote and maintain the highest level of integrity, impartiality and accountability, and to meet public expectations. Unfortunately, the APPSC has become synonymous with court commission. Today, aspirants have to think twice before investing time, money and energy into the APPSCCE.
Two months ago, Chief Minister Pema Khandu had asked the APPSC to end the combined competitive exam fiasco. Hope the commission will comply with the chief minister’s words. We also want to witness the final shape of this fiasco. The commission must know that there is a world other than civil service and it is not everything. We have families and friends to cherish our life together in this beautiful world. Many of us have already spent more than a decade in appearing for the APPSCCE, and this time we have appeared for the APPSCCE under the third APPSC-appointed chairman.
The 2017 APPSCCE prelims were re-conducted because the public administration questions were copied from a Pakistan-based website. Considering the nature and syllabus of the subject, public administration also covers international administration. Topics such as comparative public administration, administrative behaviour, administrative thoughts, etc, have an international touch. Taking questions from other countries in this context is relevant, unless the copied numbers of questions are not more than 60 percent, which happened in many optional subjects in the 2018 prelims.
The 2018 APPSCCE prelims had many anomalies and blunders, ranging from the confession of the APPSC secretary to the sworn of affidavits in which the commission agreed that indeed 64 questions in the commerce paper were out of syllabus. The APPSC secretary accepted that their staffers provided the wrong answer keys in the OMR sheets, which implies that even if the commerce aspirants were compensated with marks, the aspirants of other optional subjects still remain deprived due to the wrong answer keys provided by their staffers.
Whether you are a billionaire or a beggar, we all have so many things in common. Among these commonness is the fact that nature has given us equal time. Hope those in responsible chairs of political power and judges of the court will heed our plea to declare the result of the verdict, so that we may decide earlier whether we have to knock the door of the Supreme Court or not.
An aspirant