Odisha: Aspirants allege irregularities in ASO exam, stage dharna in front of OPSC office

Cuttack: A group of aspirants have alleged irregularities in the Assistant Section Officer (ASO) Examination-2022, the results of which were declared by the Odisha Public Service Commission (OPSC) on November 7.

Around 300 aspirants today staged a dharna in front of the OPSC office here and sought personal intervention of the public service commission chairman Satyajit Mohanty into the issue.

The agitators have alleged that some candidates who did not sit for the ASO examination-2022 have been placed in the merit list. Besides, the OPSC is yet to release the mark sheets of candidates, the cut-off mark and the answer key to the recruitment exam, they alleged.

“The OPSC has not released the answer key to ASO exam-2022 and the cut-off mark. They should also reveal us the method of selection for successful candidates. The whole process should be done in a transparent manner. While attempting the ASO exam, I found that a particular candidate had not opened the seal of the question paper. Strangely, that candidate has found a place in the merit list,” said Mousumi Bajpei, an aspirant

The agitators urged the OPSC Chairman to allow them to put forth their grievances before him. “We have full faith in OPSC Chairman Satyajit Mohanty. We request him to listen to our grievances and initiate a probe into the irregularities in the ASO exam before initiating the corrective measures. If he will not grant an audience to us then it is pretty clear that irregularities have been committed in the exam. Many aspirants are ready to provide authentic information regarding the irregularities to the OPSC Chairman,” said Rajat Kumar Mishra, another aspirant.

However, the OPSC authorities are yet to give any comments on the allegations.

Notably, the OPSC has issued the list of 1,104 successful candidates in the ASO Exam-2022 on November 7.

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