The court observed that the answers to these three questions posed by experts appear to be “misconceived”.
A bench of Justice Gautam Bhaduri on Tuesday directed that, while hearing a plea of petitions challenged by more than 90 candidates for the 12 questions of CGPSC Preliminary Examination prepared by a panel of experts, Rohit Sharma said, One of the lawyers representing.
The Chhattisgarh Public Service Commission (CGPSC) conducted the preliminary examination for recruitment to the state civil services on 2 February, for which an advertisement was issued last year.
Sharma said that after the examination, model answers were issued by the Commission on 18 February and objections were invited from the candidates.
About 840 candidates had filed their objections in relation to 50 questions in the first question paper (General Studies) and 7 objections for 9 questions in the second question paper (eligibility test).
Subsequently, the commission constituted an expert body and the panel published its responses on 29 May. Subsequently, the results were declared on June 12 and 3,616 candidates were shortlisted for the main examination.
He said that after the results were declared, more than 90 candidates had filed a petition in HC challenging the 12 questions prepared by the expert body.
During the hearing, the petitioners’ lawyers had argued in court that the answers decided by the expert body were clearly “wrong”.
These answers need to be evaluated by a separate team of experts under court vigilance as the CGPSC will not be able to operate independently, they argued.
He had also argued that the CGPSC did not set any syllabus, which could be considered authentic to arrive at a particular answer.
Counsels appearing for the CPSPSC had argued that the representations made by the petitioners, that the answers suggested by the expert committee should be rejected, “have no force”.
The Chairmen of the Commission stated that more than 21 experts, each working with different disciplines, were appointed by the CGPSC and the petitioners have failed to submit why the opinion of the experts cannot be accepted.
After listening to both sides, HC reserved its order on 14 October which was pronounced on Tuesday.
Sharma said the court has asked for a re-evaluation of the answers to the three questions related to the Constitution, forests and crops out of 12.
The HC order stated, .. It has been found that three questions
– That is, questions no. 2, 76 and 99 – The answers given by the experts seem to be clearly wrong on the basis of the documents on which the experts have relied. ”
“In the case when negative marking is present, the entire result will need to be altered after the new main answers are re-verified based on the new answer.”
HC said, “CGPSC will re-send the above three questions and answers to the expert body who will send the reply again. After that, if the answers are changed, the entire list of candidates will be reshuffled.”
“This exercise will be carried out as soon as possible within the two-month outer limit,” it said.
Earlier last month, HC appeared in the CGPSC Main Exam scheduled on 18 October.
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