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Old news clip related to JPSC CCS exam cutoff issue is being shared in the light of recently released results


Jharkhand Public Service Commission has recently released the results of combined civil services exam (2021) results. In this context, a social media post accompanying a news clip that reported the disappointment of the candidates over the cutoff marks for the 6th JPSC PT. The news clip reported that an OBC candidate who secured 259 failed, while a general candidate who secured 210 marks got passed. Through this article let’s fact-check the claim made in the post.

Claim: News clip related to JPSC PT cut off marks.

Fact: This is an old news clip and related to the controversy of cut off marks over the 6th JPSC CCS preliminary results, declared in 2017. Several news agencies have reported the news back then. The recently declared JPSC CCS results have nothing to do with the viral news clip.  Hence the claim made in the post is MISLEADING.

On 01 June 2022, Jharkhand Public Service Commission (JPSC) has released the final results of Combined Civil Services exam (2021). However, the viral news clip shared in the post is not related to the recently declared results.

The headline of the viral news clip clearly states that student’s furore was over the ‘6th JPSC PT result’. Whereas JPSC has conducted the 6th CCS preliminary exam in 2016. Which means the news clip is not related to any recent exam.

The results of 6th CCS preliminary test were released in February 2017 and the revised results were released in August 2017. Most likely, the viral news could be from 2017.

Taking a cue from this, Google search with relevant keywords yielded couple of 2017 news reports that reports students’ disappointment over the cutoff marks (here & here). These articles reported the exact variation of cut off marks among general and OBC candidates as highlighted in the viral news clip.

Further, couple of Facebook posts shared the same news clip back in 2020 (here & here). This further establishes that the viral news clip is not related to any recent exam.

However, back in November 2021, a similar situation arose pertaining to the cut off marks in the preliminary test of the recently concluded JPSC CCS exam. Students protested as the cutoff for EWS category was less compared to the cut off for OBC candidates.

Also, it is noteworthy to mention that in February 2022, the Jharkhand High Court upheld the single bench’s decision to quash the 6th JPSC result over the issue of considering the marks of paper one (Hindi & English) to the total score.

To sum it up, old news clip related to JPSC CCS exam cutoff issue is being shared in the light of recently released results.


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