Army exam for IITs rigged, Major from Corps of Engineers alleges

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Army exam for IITs rigged, Major from Corps of Engineers alleges

A young Army Major has alleged "manipulation" in the selection of officers pursuing higher level courses in the prestigious Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), claiming that certain individuals were selected through "back door" even though they had either failed in the main test or were absent.

A young Army Major has alleged "manipulation" in the selection of officers pursuing higher level courses in the prestigious Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), claiming that certain individuals were selected through "back door" even though they had either failed in the main test or were absent.

Major Anurag Anand from the Corps of Engineers has filed a plea before the Armed Forces Tribunal claiming that the concerned authorities conducted retests of unsuccessful candidates.

"The officer is aggrieved by action of the army authorities of keeping him in 'Reserve', and denying him the opportunity to undergo PG course (M.Tech) from the IIT even though he had cleared all the prescribed tests," officer's counsel Major SS Pandey has alleged in the petition.

The lawyer said the situation has emerged because of the "manipulative action of the concerned authorities of conducting re-test for the unsuccessful candidates and permitting them to enter through back door after the process has already begun".

The officer has stated that this happened even when there was no such procedure of a re-test, and the seats were required to be filled up by the candidates, who actually qualified in the first test after they passed the written test, vivavoice and interview in various IITs.

The officer said he had appeared for the army exam after taking due permission from his commanding officer, and after clearing the written test and interview, he got selected at IIT Kharagpur.

The officer said after the written test, without disclosing the results, several officers who had either failed or had not appeared were called for re-test, which is totally against the Standard Operating Procedure.

The officer has said he had raised the issues through a representation in August last year "against such arbitrary action" and denial of his legitimate right of undergoing the prestigious course, but it was rejected without consideration.

The officer said he was not left any option but to approach the court against the authorities, seeking urgent directions against their "illegal, arbitrary and discriminatory actions".

He said the army authorities issued a letter in which they stated that the prerogative of selection in IIT interview lies with the faculty from the institute, and did not even address the various other issues raised by him.

When asked for army's version, a spokesperson refused to comment on the case, saying he was not aware of any such matter.

The officer said, "He was even threatened for offensive contents and making direct communication, which was otherwise factually incorrect."

The officer has also named the five officers, who seem to have been favoured by the authorities, and are posted at different locations across the country, and are directly involved in dealing with private contractors for carrying out works and maintenance.