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Gujarat constable recruitment examination called off due to paper leak

As many as 875,000 candidates were scheduled to appear for the exam which was to start at 3 pm Sunday in 2,440 centres across Gujarat

Press Trust of India  |  Ahmedabad 

Superintendent of Police (South Jammu) Sandeep Chaudhary gives free coaching to the students preparing for various examinations including Civil Services, in Jammu on Wednesday, June 06, 2018.
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A written exam for recruitment of police constables was Sunday cancelled hours before it was scheduled to commence after authorities learnt that the paper had got leaked, an official said.

As many as 875,000 candidates were scheduled to appear for the exam which was to start at 3pm Sunday in 2,440 centres across Gujarat, the official said.

The examination was called off hours before the test was scheduled to start after it came to light that the question paper was leaked, said Vikas Sahay, chairman of the Lokrakshak Recruitment Board, the body that conducts the examination.

"Somebody sent me a list of answers, and they were answers to the questions set for the examination. We called off the examination as it was clear that the paper had been leaked," Sahay said, adding that a police probe would be instituted into the issue.

"So far, we have no information as to where the paper got leaked from. We had set up strong rooms with CCTV cameras and security guards in every district to store the papers," Sahay added.

The opposition took the opportunity to attack the ruling BJP.

"The BJP is playing with the future of Gujarat's youth. This has no right to stay in power if it cannot even conduct an examination without engaging in corruption," spokesperson Manish Doshi said.

Meanwhile, candidates who had travelled to the centres from far off places to appear for the examination were baffled and dejected after learning about the cancellation.

First Published: Sun, December 02 2018. 14:00 IST