SSC Paper Leak Case

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-Anoushka Manidhar

Amid all the chaos and the drama that has been created due to the alleged paper leak of the Combined Graduate Level Examination (CGLE) Tier II, the Staff Selection Commission (SSC) has finally recommended a CBI probe into the matter concerning the leak. Thousands of candidates have staged protests and vented out their anger and dismay on social media websites such as Twitter and Facebook on the subject. Irregularities and mass cheating in competitive examinations have been a growing concern among masses as it puts the future and the career of thousands of aspirants at risk. Following the allegations, the Paper I conducted on February 21 was cancelled by the Commission on account of technical issues, to investigate the leak of paper.

What is the SSC?

The Staff Selection Commission (SSC) is a government of India organisation involved in recruiting staff at multiple levels in various ministries and central government departments, including their subordinate offices. It conducts examinations and interviews for recruitment to various posts within its purview. Every year, the commission conducts a graduate level exam, commonly known as SSC CGL. This exam is one of the most coveted and sought after exams in the country.

Why are candidates protesting?

The examination was carried out between February 17 to February 21. It was reported that screenshots of question paper along with the answers went viral on social media much before the exam was over. Various aspirants claimed that the answers to many questions were already marked in the paper. Thousands of candidates have been protesting outside the SSC office at Lodhi Road, New Delhi since February 27 and were demanding a CBI inquiry into the paper leak issue.

Action taken on the issue

In a note, the chairman said, “The protest is being actively instigated and sponsored by two coaching institutes/ agencies with vested interests.” The Staff Selection Commission (SSC) has now finally given its consent for a CBI probe into the alleged CGLE Tier II paper leak. The government has also agreed to a CBI inquiry into the alleged SSC question paper leak, ANI reported. “We have accepted demands of protesting candidates and have given orders for a CBI inquiry, protests should now stop,” ANI quoted Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala also extended complete support to the agitating students and said in a statement, “We demand that this scam, which is at the same scale as Vyapam, perhaps even bigger that it, should be probed by the CBI.”

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