New Delhi, April 12: Agricultural Scientist Recruitment Board (ASRB) of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) has cancelled the online examination of NET 2018 and ARS Preliminary examination for Farm Machinery and Power that was held on April 10. Candidates who appeared for the examinations have alleged paper leak.  However, the ASRB announced that the examination has been cancelled ‘due to some administrative reasons’.

Due to some administrative reasons, the board has decided to cancel the online examination of NET and ARS Preliminary examination for the discipline Farm Machinery and Power. Inconvenience caused is regretted,” reads the notification issued by the ISRB.

According to the ASRB, the cancelled examination will now be held on April 22. Candidates may download the admit cards on April 15 from the official website of ASRB — http://www.asrb.org.in/

Meanwhile, the candidates who appeared for the examination said that the question paper was leaked and circulated among the students as soon as the question paper of ARS-NET was handed out.

Hundreds of candidates who appeared for the examinations demanded a detailed investigation in the reported paper leak. As per media reports, the aspirants submitted a letter to the chairman of ASRB requesting strict action to find the culprits.

Hundreds of candidates came to the national capital to take the examination. A candidate, disappointed by the cancellations of the examination, said, “The exam has been cancelled for the second time. Earlier, the exam was scheduled on April 13 and the board cancelled the paper citing some technical issues. Now it has again been rescheduled. I come from an economically weak background and it is difficult for me to travel to Delhi from my place for taking the examinations. The board is playing with the careers of hundreds of youths.”

Recently, CBSE 10 and 12 class papers were also leaked and hundreds of students took to the streets to protest. Also, hundreds of candidates from across the country conducted a nationwide protest over SSC question paper leak.