India cancels exam after question paper leaked on Whatsapp

05:56 PM | 29 Mar, 2015
India cancels exam after question paper leaked on Whatsapp
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LUCKNOW (Web Desk) - The Uttar Pradesh government has cancelled the first paper of the Provincial Civil Services (PSC) preliminary examinations after an exam paper was leaked.

The question paper was being circulated on the WhatsApp messaging service, and the order cancelling the examination was issued after police verified that it was indeed the genuine question paper.

The order cancelling the examination UPPSC was issued by Chief Secretary Alok Ranjan. A new date for the examination is expected to be announced soon.

"The paper was leaked at about 9:15am on WhatsApp before the examination started. It has matched with the original paper of PSC preliminary. We have informed the chief minister and chief secretary in this regard," Director General of Police (DGP) AK Jain said.

"We have deployed a number of teams to investigate and those behind this will be arrested soon. We have some leads at the moment," he added.

The question paper was reportedly being sold for Rs0.5 million for a copy. A Special Task Force is investigating into who is behind the leak.

The exam is conducted by the Uttar Pradesh Provincial Civil Services for entry into the state government's civil services. It is taken by over four hundred thousand aspirants.