Paper Leak Sabotages Major UP Exam For Teachers, Several Arrested

UPTET Exam 2021: The Uttar Pradesh Teacher Eligibility Test (UPTET), conducted by the state government, will now likely be held next month.

UPTET Exam 2021: UP Special Task Force is investigating the case


A major entrance exam for teachers in Uttar Pradesh was cancelled today after the question paper got leaked, said officials. The police have made several arrests in the case. The paper reportedly got leaked on a WhatsApp group, according to initial reports. The Uttar Pradesh Special Task Force (STF) arrested 23 people last night using technical and other intelligence from different cities of the state, Additional Director General Law and Order Prashant Kumar said. 

The Uttar Pradesh Teacher Eligibility Test (UPTET) is a state-level teacher eligibility test mandatory for teachers who wish to teach primary or upper primary classes in state-board affiliated schools. It will be held next month now. Lakhs of aspirants were scheduled to take the exam today across the state.

"Information has been received that the UP-TET exam has been leaked, thus the exam stands cancelled. In a month's time, the aspirants will be able to write the exam again at no extra cost. An order has been issued to file an FIR in the matter and the investigation has been handed over to the Uttar Pradesh Special Task Force unit so that the accused can be identified and strict action can be taken against them," said Satish Dwivedi, state Education Minister.

UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said the culprits will be booked under the National Security Act and Gangster Act. He also ordered reconvening of the exam within a month.

"A question paper was leaked. I issued an order to cancel the examination and arrest the entire racket. Instructions were also given to conduct the exam within a month, and that no candidate should be charged additional fee," he said addressing a function in Deoria district on Sunday.

Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra hit out at the Yogi Adityanath government for the paper leak and alleged that there has been corruption.

The students were divided on how this will affect their chances.

"We just got to know that the exam has been cancelled. Exam cancellation is disappointing, it affects the vacancies available. But we are glad that we got to know about it in time," said Gaurav Sharma, an aspirant from Bulandshahr.

"They had just announced the exam dates, now it has been extended again. It will take time. They have said a month's time but we do not know," said another aspirant from Bulandshahr.