An answer to a question in the Group II exams, identifying rationalist leader E V Ramasamy (Periyar) by caste stirred a hornet’s nest, with leaders of various political parties,
including the principal Opposition DMK, condemning it and
demanding an open apology from the government.
Following this, the Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission (TNPSC), which conducted the exam on Sunday, issued a statement expressing regret for it on Monday.
In a statement, TNPSC secretary and exam control officer Nandakumar said despite the questions being prepared by experts and professors, a mistake has happened in the question on Periyar.
Stating that necessary action would be taken against those responsible for the incident, he said steps would be taken to prevent such issues in future.
A total of 4.57 lakh candidates appeared for the Group II examination conducted by the Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission on Sunday.
The examination was conducted to fill at least 1,199 posts, such as Municipal Commissioner, Assistant Section Officer, Supervisor of Industrial Cooperatives, Handloom Inspector, Senior Inspector in Milk Production and Dairy Development, Assistant Inspector in Local Fund Audit Department, Executive Officer in Town Panchayat, Revenue Assistant, Assistant Inspector of Labour, Probation Officer in Social Defence Department, Sub Registrar, Junior Employment Officer and Industrial Cooperative Officer.
The options given for the question on the founder of Thiruchengode Ashram included E V Ramasamy Naicker, Rajaji, Gandhiji and C N Annadurai.
Leaders of various opposition parties led by DMK president M K Stalin condemned it and demanded action against people involved in setting question papers for the TNPSC Group II exam.