UP Constable Exam Cancelled After Paper Leak, Re-examination to be Held Within Six Months: CM

The examination for the recruitment of Uttar Pradesh police constables took place on February 17th and 18th, attracting a total of 48 lakh candidates.

The Uttar Pradesh government canceled the police constable recruitment exam after hearing about a possible cheating incident. They plan to hold the exam again within six months. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said that anyone caught cheating during the February 17-18 exam will be punished. He mentioned that the Special Task Force (STF) is watching those involved in cheating, and some have already been arrested. The police also said they’ve started an investigation into the paper leak in Lucknow.

On Monday, officials reported that a case was filed against Satya Aman Kumar and Neeraj. Kumar had taken the exam, while Neeraj allegedly gave him the leaked paper before the test. The exam aimed to fill 60,244 police constable positions and took place on February 17-18, with 48 lakh candidates participating. Across Uttar Pradesh, 2,378 exam centers were established in 75 districts.

The case was registered at Lucknow’s Krishna Nagar police station following a complaint filed by Inspector Ram Babu Singh.

In his statement, Singh mentioned, “On February 18, while on duty with others, we observed candidate Satya Aman Kumar copying from a sheet of paper to fill his OMR sheet… He was escorted to the examination control room. Initially, he denied any wrongdoing, but after firm questioning, he confessed that his friend Neeraj had promised him a solved question paper in exchange for money. Neeraj sent me the answers on my phone, which I then copied onto a sheet of paper and used during the examination.”

The case has been filed under Section 420 (cheating) of the Indian Penal Code, as well as under the Information Technology Act and the Uttar Pradesh Public Examinations (Prevention of Unfair Means) Act.

A senior police officer stated, “Both suspects have been apprehended and remanded to judicial custody. We are currently investigating the matter.”

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