In a shocking turn of events, the Uttar Pradesh Teacher Eligibility Test (UPTET) 2021 has been cancelled. The exam was scheduled for today, Sunday, November 28, 2021 and started as per schedule. While the exam commenced at 10:00 a.m., but was cancelled after the Special Task Force (STF) found out that the question paper had been leaked. Allegedly, the UPTET 2021 question paper was leaked and had gone viral through several Whatsapp groups. The Sachiv Pariksha Niyamak Pradhikari Sanjay Kumar Upadhyay has declared that the exam stands cancelled after the paper leak incident. Shiksha Vigbhaag Sachiv Deepak Kumar told the media agencies that an FIR about the paper leak has been filed at Prayagraj.
The exam was called-off by the UP Government as soon as the information about the paper leak reached the higher authorities. There is an update that the exam will be conducted again after a month and the candidates will need to apply for the same through the portal.
Candidates will not have to pay the application fees again but will need to register in order to re-appear for the exam of UPTET 2021.
On November 28, 2021, UPTET 2021 was to be held in two slots. The first slot was planned from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at 2554 exam centres, while the second slot was set from 02:30 p.m. to 05:30 p.m. at 1754 exam centres.
For the UPTET 2021, a total of 21 lakh applications were submitted.
The first slot of the UPTET 2021 exam has 1291628 registrations, while the second slot had 875335 registrations.
STF had followed the paper leak and its rapid propagation on Whatsapp Groups, according to news reports, and the exam had to be cancelled after it had begun. Those people who did this will be apprehended and punished by the UP Police as soon as possible.
The STF along with his team has raided many locations across Uttar Pradesh.As per reports,many people have been arrested from Prayagraj, Meerut and Ghaziabad for this paper leak.
More than a dozen people have been placed into police custody, according to the ADJ Law and Orders of UP, Mr Prashant Kumar, and the linkages between them are being investigated. Candidates who had studied for the UPTET 2021 for a long time and were mentally prepared to give their best in today’s exam are saddened and enraged by the situation.
Candidates expressed their anguish through social media and blamed the exam conducting body and Police force for its negligence. A committee has been formed which will be looking into the matter and is expected to catch the culprits very soon.