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1.       In 2016, the Staff Selection Commission decided to conduct its exams in Online mode instead of OMR based examination mode. This move was welcomed by all the job aspirants because it minimized the duration of entire exam, enhanced transparency and ensured that malpractice is done away with so that only the most competent and deserving candidates get recruited and no injustice is done to them.


2.       Unfortunately, in SSC CGL 2017 (Tier I) exam which was organized in 43 shifts, this has not been the case. Candidates who appeared in shifts held from 5th August to 16th August faced much tougher question sets than those who appeared in shifts held from 17th August to 23th August. The parity in the difficulty level was simply not maintained.



3.       We were able to analyze the difference in the average marks obtained between the shifts held from 5th August to 16th August and the shifts held from 17th August to 23th August for KKR region (Karnataka Kerala Region) as only KKR region posted the details of all the candidates in their website. We found that the difference in difficulty level in quantitative terms is of about 35 marks. In an exam where 0.5 marks is crucial for selection of an aspirant, disadvantage of 35 marks will seal the fate of candidates appearing in difficult shifts. Thus, this has resulted into an aspirant's luck, and not competence, deciding his or her result.


A few grievances were lodged to SSC so that they could look into this matter and consider normalization of marks so that justice was done to all the aggrieved candidates. However, SSC has responded that they, unlike bank exams, don’t normalize marks.

 It seems candidates appearing for government recruitment exam now-a-days have to console himself or herself thinking that he or she wasn’t lucky enough to crack the exam as, unfortunately, it's no more one's competence but one's luck that decides one's success.

The Solution:

The Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Staff Selection Commission need to implement normalization in SSC CGL 2017 and need to mandate normalization in all SSC examinations in future.

I appeal to everyone to sign this petition to impress upon the The Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions to mandate normalization in all the examinations being conducted in multiple shifts to ensure selection on merit basis rather than on luck basis. This will serve the whole purpose of conducting examinations.