On 17 February, on the first day of the exam, the Commission cancelled the second shift exam at Animate Infotech, Mohan Cooperative Industrial Estate in New Delhi on the basis of "prime facie evidence it had received". According to the commission, "Prima-facie evidence clearly indicated that the entire episode was created by some unruly elements, with a malafide intention, to try to disrupt the examination".
On 21 February, the official communication from the Commission said that at 8.45 am the service provider informed of technical glitches following which, the exam (paper 1: quantitative aptitude) delayed at all venues across the country. The exam began at 12.10 pm and candidates were given full time. Out of 41,331 candidates who were supposed to appear for the paper, 33,075 candidates appeared for it.
On the same day for two centres in Patna, the official statement said that, 'candidates chose not to give the Paper-I examination.'
Again on the same day at 10.15 am reports of 'two paper chits allegedly containing some answer keys of Paper-I (Quantitative Aptitude) to be held at 10.30 A.M. was being circulated in the social media,' was released by the Commission. The official update by the Commission, then, stated that 'allegation in this regard was totally mischievous and baseless.'
On 24 February 2018, SSC decided to re conduct paper 1 exam for all the candidates who had appeared for the said paper on 21 February. The Commission scheduled the exam on 9 March at 10.30 am and by then #SSCexamscam had already started trending on social media platforms.
On 27 February, after a protest rally SSC met a delegation of three candidates and took note of the issues raised in the representation.
On 28 February 2018, the Commission cited the protest to be 'instigated by coaching institutes with vested interests,' and allowed candidates time till evening to present their case. Candidates were asked to submit 'concrete evidence' against their allegations till 10.30 am next day.
Initial probe into the evidences from the SSC CGL 2017 aspirants will be on 5 March at 'the Central Server of the Service Provider of the Staff Selection Commission by requisitioning forensic experts of CFSL, CBI in presence of the witnesses of the delegation.'
On 2 March 2018, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal asked for a CBI inquiry into the 'SSC exam scam'. "Thousands of aspirants are demanding a CBI inquiry into the SSC exam scam. This issue is related to their future. The central government should immediately accept the aspirants' demand and order a CBI inquiry," Arvind Kejriwal tweeted on Friday. Swaraj India president Yogendra Yadav, Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala, Congress leader and Member of Parliament Shashi Tharoor, too, backed the protesting candidates for a CBI probe.
While demanding for re-exam for all the candidates, not just for those who appeared for the exam on 21 February, Shashi Tharoor wrote, 'However, it appears that the SSC is only willing to form an SIT probe, a cause of further anguish for these students, since it is likely that the members of this probe will be current employees of the SSC themselves, thereby opening the door for a potentially biased investigation.' SSC CGL Exam: Shashi Tharoor Demands CBI Probe, Writes To Ministry Of Personnel
On 4 March, a delegation of candidates led by Member of Parliament, Manoj Tiwari met the Chairman, SSC demanding a CBI enquiry into the SSC CGL 2017 row. ‘The Commission agreed for recommending to the Department of Personnel & Training to request the Government to conduct a CBI enquiry into the allegations of leakage of questions of Paper-I on 21.2.2018 and other related issues.’
Student groups NSUI, ABVP have also taken the centrestage of the protest. 'NSUI supports the demand of the students for a CBI probe into this matter. This matter requires immediate action to prevent such an incident in the upcoming DU Entrance Exams,' reads the twitter handle. ABVP, on the other hand wants probe into nexus of particular coaching centres and the former Chairman of SSC.
Click here for more Recruitment/ Employment News
Get the latest election news, live updates and election schedule for Lok Sabha Elections 2019 on ndtv.com/elections. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter and Instagram for updates from each of the 543 parliamentary seats for the 2019 Indian general elections.