(News) CBSE cancelled the UGC-NET second paper at two centres in Lucknow

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CBSE cancelled the UGC-NET second paper at two centres in Lucknow


Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) cancelled the UGC National Eligibility Test (NET) second paper at two centres in Lucknow after bundles of question papers were found wet, thus affecting around 1,000 candidates. The new dates for the exam will be announced through SMS or email shortly, said officials.

On Sunday, UGC NET was held at 37 centres in Lucknow. In two centres— Study Hall School, Gomtinagar and HS Memorial Senior Secondary School, Indiranagar— over 600 question papers were found wet and in a poor condition.

The scene at these two centres turned ugly when candidates were not given the question papers even after the time for second paper was over. The agitating students said that shortly before the second paper was to begin at 11.15, there was an announcement that there is some delay in the second paper.

"We thought there would be a five to ten minute delay, but when the clocked ticked 12, we went restless. After enquiring, we got to know that our question papers and OMR sheets were being dried up under the fan," said Satyendra Mishra, an aspirant at the Study Hall centre.

Candidates alleged that the school authorities at Study Hall locked the main gate so that the candidates couldn't go out. "This was such a joke. There was no sense of responsibility shown by the school authorities in conducting a national-level exam," said another candidate.

The agitating candidates not only created ruckus but also demanded cancellation of both second and third paper in all centres. Seeing the situation go out of control, CBSE officials were called in. At 1.45 pm, CBSE regional coordinator Jawaid Alam Khan reached Study Hall and assured candidates in written that their second paper will be held again. Subsequently, candidates agreed to appear for the third paper scheduled from 2pm to 4.30 pm.

"Several bundles were completely wet, unreadable and useless," said an official requesting anonymity.

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Courtesy: The Times of India