TNPSC’s new plan to curb foul play in exam

After major scams were unearthed in Group IV and II-A exams, the Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission (TNPSC) has decided to conduct test only in Chennai to recruit veterinary assistant surgeons.

According to the notification, the test is planned to be conducted at seven centres across Tamil Nadu on February 23. “Now, it has been decided by the commission to conduct the written examination at the Chennai centre only. Candidates who have opted exam centre other than Chennai for this recruitment will be informed through SMS and email,” TNPSC said.

Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission secretary K Nanthakumar has denied allegations of foul play in group 2 and junior architect exams and said the commission’s investigation found nothing wrong, adding counselling for group 2 postings will be carried out next week, as per schedule.

In a statement, Nanthakumar said media reports and rumours on social media claimed that an unfair number of students born in 1997 had cleared the group 2 exam. “After detailed investigation, we found these allegations to be untrue,” he said.

Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu CBCID sleuths investigating the TNPSC exam scams on Monday arrested five people, including two VAOs and three drivers, taking the total number of people arrested so far to 40.

The CB-CID is currently investigating three TNPSC examinations – 2019 group IV, 2017 group 2A and 2016 VAO test – in which large scale malpractices were suspected have taken place.

The main accused Jayakumar of Mugappair, confessed to the crime of tampering with answer sheets. He is said to have taken Rs 5.83 crore from various candidates who wanted to clear the TNPSC exam through malpractice.Jayakumar was taken to Rameswaram for an inquiry.