In a major setback for candidates of UPTET, Allahabad High Court dismissed petitions filed by hundreds of aspirants of Uttar Pradesh Teachers Eligibility Test 2017 on Monday, January 29, 2018.
These aspirants had filed petitions in the court for the evaluation of their response sheets which had been rejected by UPTET exam authorities on account of mistakes in filling details like registration number, roll number, language preference, and booklet series in the Optical Mark Reader (OMR) sheets. The test which was organized on October 15, 2017, was taken by approximately 7 lakhs aspirants, declared the result for this session on December 15, 2017.
The Court, however, rejected all the petitions by declaring that complete instructions were mentioned in the examination booklet and aspirants were warned in advance that their response sheets will be rendered invalid in case of any errors in filling the information incorrectly. There will not be any evaluation of all such response sheets, thus making hundreds of aspirants lose a chance at qualifying for the exam and securing UPTET Eligibility Certificate which would make them applicable for teaching jobs at Primary and Upper Primary Level of schools.
Justice M C Tripathi also said that in the garb of minor discrepancies for rectifying such "human mistake" in the OMR sheets, the court cannot give any liberty to respondent authorities to intervene in the matter at this stage, which would have very serious consequences on the "fairness" of the entire selection procedure.
Every year, Uttar Pradesh Basic Education Board (UPBEB) conducts UPTET to appoint Primary and Upper Primary Level teachers in the schools of Uttar Pradesh. The exams is made up of Paper 1 and Paper 2 and aspirants can either for both or one of the two exams.
Paper 1 is for Primary Level i.e. for Class 1 till Class 5.
Paper 2 is for Upper Primary Level i.e. for Class 6 to Class 8.
Aspirants obligatory to score at least 60% out of total marks of 120 (both exams consist of 120 questions each of 1 mark; together they have 240 questions) to be considered for UPTET Appointment and to receive a UPTET Eligibility Certificate which is valid for 5 years.
Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh Government has released appointment for 68500 vacant posts of Assistant Teachers in different junior schools of the state. The examination is tentatively scheduled for March 12, 2018. The official notification will be released soon. Aspirants along with the requisite educational qualification must have completed UPTET or the Central TET (CTET) organized by CBSE. The selection of the aspirants will be done on basis of a written examination to be organized by Examination Regulatory Authority, Allahabad.