A candidate declared ineligible for mentioning an identity mark in the answer sheet: PSC clarifies position

A news report has been circulated on social media, claiming that the Chhattisgarh Public Service Commission (CGPSC) has allegedly neglected to invite a qualified candidate for an interview during the selection process. The issue came to light when a candidate from the Other Backward Class (OBC) community sent a formal complaint letter to the PSC Secretary and the Controller of Examinations. In the complaint, Mr. Shivam Dewangan alleges that despite scoring an impressive 771.5 marks in the written examination for CGPSC-2022, he was not extended an invitation for an interview. Candidates with lower scores, ranging from 710 to 715, in the OBC category were reportedly called for interviews, sparking concerns about transparency and fairness in the selection process.

The Chhattisgarh Public Service Commission has issued a statement to address the circulating news, asserting that it is misleading and lacks a factual basis. The Commission clarified that in the State Service Examination 2022, candidate Mr. Shivam Dewangan was declared ineligible due to the mention of an identity mark with Shri Radheshyam and Rajesh Mohan in question number 17(b) on page number 20 of the question-cum-answer booklet of the first question paper. Consequently, Mr. Dewangan was excluded from the examination result process and was not included in the interview list for the State Service (Main) Examination 2022.

It’s important to note that, as per paragraph 11 (page) of the advertisement issued by the Chhattisgarh Public Service Commission and paragraph 04 of the instructions in the question-cum-answer booklet, candidates were explicitly instructed not to include their name, roll number, religious symbols, identification marks, or any non-answer-related content in their responses. The guidelines also specified that only blue and black ballpoint pens should be used, and the use of other pen types like sketch pens, highlighters, or glitter pens was strictly prohibited on the answer sheet. Violation of these rules could result in the scrutineer recommending the disqualification of the candidate. The Commission emphasised that its decision in such matters would be considered final. Candidate Mr. Shivam Kumar Dewangan was declared ineligible for not following the specified instructions.