Fresh test for constable aspirants
About 60,000 aspirants for the constable recruitment test, who were denied entry in the examination hall for not having Aadhaar card and unable to get their identity verified due to server issues, will get another chance to appear in the test.
The online test was organised by Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB, also known by its Hindi acronym Vyapam) from August 19 to September 18. In all, nine lakh candidates from across the country appeared for the test.
After repeatedly denying its mistake, Vyapam has finally decided to conduct the test on September 27-28 for the affected students. New admit cards will be sent out soon.
On August 19, the first day of the test, at least 10,000 students from across the state couldn’t take the examination. The candidates created ruckus and alleged they were denied entry as they didn’t have Aadhaar card. Some said they presented the Aadhaar but due to problems with the UIDAI website, their identity could not be verified.
However, the Vyapam administration said that the Aadhaar card was not compulsory while some of them were denied entry due to server issues.
Shailendra Singh, a candidate from Agra, said, “I had come with all my documents, including the voter ID and driving licence, for verification but I was denied entry in the examination hall as I didn’t have the Aadhaar card. When I told them that Aadhaar was not compulsory, they threatened me that I would be handed over to police. I later lodged a complaint at Vyapam office,” Singh said.
Aspirants expressed satisfaction upon learning that they are being given another chance.
“I am happy that I will get another chance to appear in the test. Otherwise, Vyapam has left no room to spoil my career,” said Maithli Sharma, a candidate.
The Vyapam examination controller, SKS Bhadoriya, tried to explain what caused the UIDAI website to “crash”. “As a large number of students attempted to log in at the same time, the server crashed. It happens with the sites of other departments too. Now students will be allowed to appear in the test on the basis of biometric verification,” he said.
About 60,000 candidates will take the test on September 2728.