Civil Services Prelims 2017 challenged in Supreme Court over ambiguous questions
The Civil Services Prelims 2017 has been challenged in the Supreme Court of India.
Aspirants claim of ambiguous questions being asked in Civil Services Prelims which was held on 18 June, this year. According to the petition, for several questions there were two or more possible answers. Therefore as it happens with examinees every time, many candidates were in a dilemma: answering a question with two possible answers can either give them full mark or incur a loss of the total mark along with penalty; in order to avoid negative marking majority choose not to answer thus making a loss of the total marks.
This has, mainly, affected those candidates for whom Civil Services Prelims 2017 was the last attempt.
Aspirants are dissatisfied with the norms of UPSC for releasing the answer keys. The Commission usually releases the keys after the completion of the selection process. "What is an opaque practice of the UPSC is to release the answer key after the completion of the entire selection process. This means that answer key for UPSC CS Preliminary Examination 2017 will be released sometime in May-June 2018. By this time students would have appeared for the UPSC CS Mains Examination 2017 and UPSC CS Personality Test 2017, and UPSC would have already published the final selection list, i.e. entire selection process would be over," the petition said.