First UP police, now RO/ARO, UP Govt cancels both exams amid paper leak allegations

  • UPPSC Cancels RO/ARO Preliminary Exam

  • Yogi Adityanath announces cancellation

  • Promises re-examination within six months

  • Internal committee to investigate paper leak allegations


In another instance of a paper leak, the Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh has cancelled the examination held for the review officer (RO) and assistant review officer (ARO) of the state Public Service Commission.

Cancellation Amidst Allegations

The Uttar Pradesh Government has responded to mounting concerns over the integrity of the UPPSC Review Officer (RO)/ Assistant Review Officer (ARO) Exam by cancelling the test amidst allegations of a paper leak. The examination, which took place on February 11, saw a massive turnout of 10.7 million youths vying for 411 vacancies.


A candidate suicide

Hours after the chief minister announced the cancellation of the exam on March 2 and directed officials to hold a retest six weeks later, reports emerged of a candidate's suicide allegedly due to the cancellation. According to the report, a 22-year-old woman from Firozabad district took her life on March 2, as her family claimed she was depressed over not being able to secure a government job despite several attempts, citing the paper leaks in the UP constable and RO/ARO exams.

Previous Incidents

This decision comes in the wake of the cancellation of the police constable examination, held on February 17 and 18, due to similar paper leak issues. Following massive protests in Lucknow by students demanding a re-examination, two individuals have been arrested by the special task force of UP Police in connection with the police constable examination paper leak case.


Concerns in the Educational Community

The recent Class 12 examination by the state board also faced allegations of paper leaks, particularly in the maths and biology papers, which were available on social media an hour after the exam. Although the state board denied it to be a case of paper leak since the papers were leaked after the exam had begun, an institution in Agra was found to be responsible, leading to its de-recognition by the board.

Political Ramifications

With paper leak incidents becoming frequent in the Bharatiya Janata Party-ruled state, the issue has become a political talking point. Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi-Vadra criticized the BJP, stating, "Paper leaked once again. Why after all? Under BJP rule, from job exams to board exams – almost every paper is getting leaked. Board examinations are the first challenges that children face when they learn to build their future. If such a big betrayal happens to them right here, what will they do next? To save the examination mafia and the corrupt people sitting in the government, the BJP is also hollowing the foundation of crores of children and youth”


Protests for Transparency

The cancellation of the exams has sparked protests among aspirants, who are demanding transparency and accountability in the examination process. The state government is under pressure to address their grievances and ensure a fair resolution to the controversy.

Government's Response

Last week, the UP Government also cancelled the UP Police Constable Exam 2024 due to similar allegations of paper leaks. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's commitment to upholding the integrity of the recruitment process was underscored by his mandate for a re-examination within six months, signalling the government's determination to maintain fairness and transparency in the conduct of examinations.

As aspirants await clarity on new exam dates, concerns have been raised about false notices regarding the re-examination schedule.

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