A huge controversy sparked all across Assam following the Panchayat & Rural Development Exam held on Sunday.

Several sources say that students openly used cell phones during the examination at different centers in Assam.

Bidyut Das, a candidate who traveled from Sarbhog to Nalbari to appear in the examination, witnessed misdeeds in the examination center. While talking to The Assam News, Bidyut Das said,” An hour after the commencement of the examination, several students started using cell phones inside the examination hall. The situation was like a market. Many were continuously using cell phones to find the answers. It was indeed distressing.”

“I appeared this examination for the first time, but the experience is indeed upsetting. I was feeling hopeless witnessing such misdeeds in Examination centers. All these happened in front of the invigilators,” – Bidyut told The Assam News. He further requested Naba Kumar Doley, Minister of Panchayat & Rural Development to investigate the matter as soon as possible.

Another candidate who appeared in the examination at a center in Borkhetri, Nalbari told The Assam News about the situation she witnessed. She said that even from the starting of the examination, students were using mobile phones to collect the answers.

“This is really saddening. It is an injustice to those who did not cheat in the exam in such a way. As per the rule, we kept our phones outside, but later san many were using phones inside exam hall and there was no reaction from the teachers there.”

In such a situation, questions are being raised that how these pictures went viral during the exam, while no candidates are allowed to use mobile phones inside the examination halls.

Some pictures of using mobile phones in examination hall also went viral on social media.

Several sources further claimed that the question paper of the Panchayat & Rural Development Examination is leaked during the exam.

Deraj Wazir Ahmed, a student of Gauhati University talked to The Assam News concerning the matter of contention and claimed that several pictures of question paper were sent to him. Wazir further asserted that he was asked to help by answering the questions before 4:30 pm.

“I raised my voice and took the matter to social media so that the misdeeds get exposed. Many are now commenting about the worse experiences they went through during the examination,” – Wazir added.

It can be mentioned here that the PNRD exam began at 1:30 pm and was over at 4:30 pm.

According to state media reports, in another incident concerning the examination, a chaotic situation emerged in Rangia Higher secondary school where the examination was started lately which eventually led to protest outside the hall. News sources say that within this time, as the examination was started late, students received question papers on WhatsApp which went viral.

The Addl. Chief Secretary ordered the representative in charge of the Department of Panchayat & Rural Development to submit reports within two days.