The Jammu and Kashmir Services Selection Board (JKSSB) today cancelled the examination for government jobs in various departments at two centres following cheating and use of mobile phone internet during the exam.According to the JKSSB, around 90,000 candidates appeared in the examination which was conducted across the state.
However, it had to cancel examination at two centres —- one at the Luthra College of Education in Talab Tillo and another at Paloura —- following complaints of cheating and use of mobile internet during the exam.The Board said it would hold a high-level meeting on December 27 to decide about the fate of the candidates affected by the cancellation of the examination.Eyewitnesses said there was a mess at the exam centre at the Luthra College of Education, where some “miscreants” created disturbance and tore question papers.“Some aspirants had even kept their mobile phones with them during the exam and no frisking was done before the start of the examination. Some miscreants created an uproar and tore question papers that led to chaos and mess at the examination centre,” an aspirant said, adding that some aspirants managed to take away answer scripts outside the exam centres in the melee.“No one was there to stop them. The staff deployed at the exam centre watched helplessly. Some aspirants were busy searching for answers on the mobile phone internet outside the examination hall,” he said.Some students clicked pictures of question papers and put them on social media following which senior officials of the JKSSB cancelled the exam at the centre.Similarly, aspirants were also spotted resorting to cheating at the examination centres at Paloura. Following complaints, the JKSSB cancelled the exam at the centre.Dev Lata, JKSSB chairperson, said they had cancelled the examination at two centres following complaints of cheating and use of mobile internet.“Some miscreants disturbed the examination and tore question papers. It led to disturbance at the entire centre, affecting the examination at another centre near it,” she said, adding that around 1,000 candidates were writing their exam in these two centres.“The Board will hold a meeting on Monday (December 27) and take a sympathetic view on the candidates who suffered because of the cancellation of examination. It was a mammoth exercise as nearly 90,000 candidates were appearing in today’s examination across the state,” the chairperson said. She claimed that the examination remained peaceful across the state.To a query, she said the Board was yet to take a decision on an inquiry into the incident. “There is another examination scheduled for tomorrow. Our first preference is to avoid any such incident. We will take a decision on holding an inquiry into the incident after the completion of the exam,” she said.