Ministerial clarification on leakage of UPSC question papers
is no case of leakage of question papers or any recruitment racket in the
competitive examinations conducted by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC),
the government said today.
However, it said over 1,200 candidates have found to be involved in
malpractices such as possession of mobile phones in the examination halls and
impersonation, etc., in the examinations conducted by Staff Selection Commission
in the past four years.
"In case of UPSC, there has been no case of leakage of question papers nor
any recruitment racket in the competitive examinations conducted by the
Commission during the last three years and in the current year," Minister of
State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions Jitendra Singh said in a
written reply to Lok Sabha.
In case of examinations conducted by SSC, there is no evident case of leakage
of question papers, he said.
Mr Singh said a total of 1,243 candidates - 246 in 2012, 400 in 2013, 528 in
2014 and 69 between January and June 2015- have been found indulging in the
malpractices such as possession of mobile phones in the examination halls, use
of blue tooth, impersonation, etc., for the last three years and the current
The action taken against such candidates includes filing of criminal cases
against them, debarring them from appearing in SSC examinations for a period
ranging three to five years, and cancellation and holding of examination at
centres from which such cases of large scale malpractices have been reported,
the Minister said.
"The investigating agencies are of the view that organised groups have been
active who facilitate malpractices through advanced electronic devices for
monetary considerations," he said.