Group-1 network test: Candidates look for probing because of anomalies


Even if the Andhra Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC) approved the schedule of interviews for the posts of various Group 1 services from 17

Candidates who appeared for Group 1 Mains petitioned the AP High Court against the digital evaluation of the answer sheets recorded by the APPSC. The court announced the case for a hearing on June 14th and asked the APPSC to file an oath.

The candidates say that the digital evaluation is prone to errors. Each examination paper has different subjects such as geography and history, which require a different assessment. The UPSC has opted for manual assessment despite the COVID-19 pandemic. The experience of PSCs in various countries shows that digital analysis is prone to data manipulation errors, it is said.

“The APPSC has not yet clarified how various technical questions were used by experts for the assessment,” says one candidate.

“The APPSC has also not published the data on how many of the 6,800 candidates who showed up for the Mains exam in December 2020 wrote them in Telugu and English,” say the candidates.

According to the data from the previous tests, 10-15% chose Telugu Medium, and the proportion of candidates selected for interviews remained the same.

But this time, according to the commission, an overwhelming 40-45% of the candidates selected for interviews come from the Telugu medium.

“How is the proportion so high? This implies that the APPSC did not take up the scaling parameterization thoroughly, ”says another candidate.

“We are calling for a judicial investigation into the whole matter, followed by a manual assessment under judicial supervision,” says another candidate.


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