UP Government Cancels Police Constable Exam Due to Paper Leak, Orders Re-conduct Amid Controversies

The decision to cancel the recruitment exam comes in the wake of several controversies surrounding its conduct.

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The Uttar Pradesh government, led by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, announced on Saturday the cancellation of the recently conducted examination to recruit police constables in the state. In a post on social media platform ‘X’, Chief Minister Adityanath stated that orders have been issued to re-conduct the exam within six months.

Emphasizing the importance of maintaining the integrity of examinations, Chief Minister Adityanath declared in Hindi, “There can be no compromise with the sanctity of examinations. Those who toy with the hard work of youngsters will not be spared under any circumstances. Strictest action is certain to be taken against such unruly elements.” The examination in question took place on February 17 and 18, 2024.

The decision to cancel the recruitment exam comes in the wake of several controversies surrounding its conduct. These include allegations of paper leaks, instances of impersonation, inappropriate images on admit cards, overcrowding at exam centers, and other logistical misarrangements.

Previously, in response to these issues, an internal committee was formed by the recruitment board to investigate the matter. IPS officers Renuka Mishra and Satyarth Pankaj were tasked with probing the reported paper leak. As of February 23, 2024, the committee had received approximately 1496 complaints with supporting evidence, all of which are under investigation.

According to reports, approximately 48 lakh candidates appeared for the UPPRPB Police constable recruitment exams held on February 17 and 18, 2024. Among the candidates were around 15 lakh females and individuals from various states including Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Punjab, Haryana, Maharashtra, Delhi, Uttarakhand, and Rajasthan who participated in the UP Police Recruitment exam 2024.

The decision to cancel and re-conduct the examination underscores the government’s commitment to ensuring fairness, transparency, and accountability in the recruitment process for essential roles within the state police force.

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