Panaji: When the Goa government advertised for the vacancy of accountant, over 8,000 people responded and sat for the entrance test in January this year. However, when the results came out, none of them could manage to pass the test, said media reports on Wednesday. The minimum marks that a candidate had to score to clear the test was an average 50 out of 100 in the initial recruitment exam, said a leading news portal. The 8,000-odd aspirants who sat for the test were all graduates, as per the minimum educational qualification.

In a notification issued on Tuesday, Goa’s director of accounts said not a single of those applicants cleared the exam. The directorate of accounts had advertised 80 posts of accountant in the common account cadre in October last year. The five-hour examination included a 100 marks paper on English, general knowledge and account questions, the official said. The successful candidates were supposed to go through a round of interview before the final selection.

Criticising the government for the delay in announcement of results, Aam Aadmi Party’s Goa general secretary Pradeep Padgaonkar said that failing of all 8,000 candidates reflected on the “collapse” of the state’s education system. “It is a big shame on the Goa University and the commerce colleges that produce these graduates,” he said, as reported by the portal.