Error crept into West Bengal Class 12 question paper during proof-reading: Education board

West Bengal Class 12 Bengali question paper mentioned 'IAS' instead of 'ICS' in a question on essay on Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.

Error crept into West Bengal Class 12 question paper during proof-reading: Education board West Bengal 12th board exam
Press Trust of India | Mar 15, 2023 - 11:24 p.m. IST
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KOLKATA: A day after a gaffe in the first-language Bengali question paper for Class 12 board examinees triggered outrage, the West Bengal Council of Higher Education on Wednesday said that the mistake crept into the paper during proof-reading, and the original one did not carry the misinformation.

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In one of the questions, candidates were told to pen an essay on Netaji Subash Chandra Bose keeping four points in mind, one of which was his ICS exam clearance. The paper, however, mentioned 'IAS' instead of 'ICS', drawing the wrath of a section of students, their parents and also educationists. Exam for aspiring civil servants was known as ICS before Independence.

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Council President Chiranjib Bhattacharya told PTI, "Our paper-setter had originally mentioned ICS in the paper, which was inadvertently changed to IAS by proof readers. It was not deliberate on their part. They were not aware that IAS was known as ICS in British-ruled India."

Educationist Pabitra Sarkar described the mistake as "a serious lapse on part of authorities". Sarkar, a former vice chancellor, said, "The entire development reflects poorly on the education system. "I wonder if the council has done away with the role of moderator who takes a final look at the paper before it is sent for printing," he added.

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