PATNA: A woman candidate for a host of upcoming recruitment examinations being organised by the Bihar Staff Selection Commission (BSSC) was shocked to see a topless photograph on the admit card for the examinations. Instead of the passport-size photograph of the candidate, who hails from Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s home district Nalanda, the topless photo of a regional actress was wrongly included in the admit card. The card with the inappropriate photograph soon found its way into social media, bringing further shame to the candidate.
“This is clearly the handiwork of unscrupulous elements outside the purview of the Bihar Staff Selection Commission. We have learnt of this unfortunate case and a probe has been ordered,” Parameshwar Ram, secretary of the BSSC, told Express.
BSSC sources said that since candidates set to appear in written tests later this month and in February had sent in their applications online, it is possible that the topless photograph was uploaded during the application process. “The entire application process is online. The candidates had themselves uploaded their photographs either on their own computers or at cyber cafes. BSSC has no role in it,” said an official.
Though the candidate is yet to approach the BSSC either with a complaint regarding the anomaly or to seek correction in her admit card, the BSSC authorities were alerted after the card with the topless picture went viral on social media.
The written tests conducted by the BSSC are spread over four phases and are slated for January 29, February 5, 19 and 26. The tests are held for recruitment of 13,500 employees in various posts, including panchayat secretaries, revenue officials and clerks. The tests would be held at 742 centres across Bihar.
“The affected candidate should immediately lodge a police complaint. We, at our level, will make all efforts to ensure that she is able to sit for the examinations for which she has registered,” said Ram.