Wednesday 26 October 2016

Plea Claiming Incorrect Options in DJSE Exam: HC Reserves Order

New Delhi

The Delhi High Court today reserved its verdict on a law graduate's plea alleging that some options in the questions asked in the recently-held Delhi Judicial Service Preliminary Examination (DJSE) 2014 were incorrect.

A bench of justices S Ravindra Bhat and Vipin Sanghi concluded the hearing in the matter in which the high court's administrative side has contended that the court does not have the jurisdiction to interfere in the answer keys of such exams.

The bench, however, observed that what has to be seen in the instant case is whether there was an ambiguity in the answers which could confuse a candidate.

Advocate Rajiv Bansal, appearing for the high court's administration, sought that if the bench is going to interfere, then it should give the administration the liberty to decide whether to delete the questions alleged to be incorrect or award marks for them.

The court reserved order on the plea of Salil Maheshwari, represented by advocate R K Kapoor, who had contended that 11 of the 200 multiple choice questions in the preliminary examination had wrong answers or options.

In his petition, he contended that he had sent a representation on June 17 to the Joint Registrar (Vigilance), High Court of Delhi, regarding the incorrect questions after the answer key was put up on the high court's website.

Only one objection raised by the petitioner was accepted by the high court registrar, while four were termed plausible, the petition had said, adding that when the results were declared Salil missed the cut-off by mere two marks.

Maheshwari has alleged a majority of the objections raised by him were rejected arbitrarily and has sought that the "questions as objected to by the petitioner are liable to be rectified and the objectionable questions ought to be deleted".

He had claimed "if appropriate rectification is done, he would be through for the main examination".

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