CUTTACK: Can someone get six out of a total mark of five and another just two even when the answer is same, letter by letter? That's what the Orissa HC found out today while hearing a writ petition concerning departmental examination conducted by the Board of Revenue (BoR).
A division bench of the HC comprising Justices IM Quddushi and SC Parija came across the discrepancies while hearing petition of Anant Charan Sethi, Deputy Fire Officer, northern range, Sambalpur, challenging an order passed by the Orissa Administrative Tribunal.
Sethi had appeared for a departmental examination conducted by BoR which is necessary for promotion in the service.
The examination was conducted in June last year and the result was announced in July. As per the result, Sethi scored 94 out of 160 whereas the pass mark is 100. He apparently stood disqualified.
In his petition, Sethi stated that he sought for photostat copies of answer sheets of his and three other examinees under the RTI Act. The fire official mentioned that since books are allowed in the examination, he too carried them and so did his fellow examinees. In one particular question, bearing a maximum mark of 5, Sethi got 2, while another examinee secured 6. But the interesting fact was the answers were from the same book and identical, letter by letter. Moreover, Sethi's handwriting was better.
The division bench examined the answer sheets and directed Member, Board of Revenue, to look into the manner in which the departmental examination had been conducted. It also directed the Secretary, Home Department, to consider whether fire officers can be appointed on the basis of such an examination.