The Bihar State Examination Board said Saurabh Sreshtha and Rahul performed poorly in a retest ordered after television interviews showed them having little understanding of the subjects they aced.
The Bihar government has cancelled the results of two of the 14 students who topped the class 12 state board examinations, reports said.
The Bihar State Examination Board (BSEB) said the duo—Saurabh Sreshtha and Rahul—performed poorly in a retest ordered after television interviews showed them having little understanding of the subjects they aced.
Another student, Ruby Rai, who topped in the arts stream, but believes political science teaches how to cook, did not attend the retest citing illness.
The board said it would scrap her result if she didn't take the test by June 14. It has also struck down the recognition of Vaishali’s V.R. College, where both Rai and Srestha were enrolled.
The board has also ordered an inquiry by a retired high court judge into the alleged irregularities in the conduct of the examinations and the evaluation process.
Following the ignominious interview with few of the Class 12 Bihar top-scores of this year, the state has ordered the first seven rank-holders from science and arts streams to sit for a retest and an interview.
They are required to score more than 70 per cent in Friday’s test to retain their position in the merit list.
“We first tried to calm them down, asking them general questions about family and school. Once they were comfortable, we initiated them into the actual interaction,” one of the experts who was roped in by the BSES to conduct the interview was quoted as saying.
“The board asked us to hear the students’ side. We went there, asked a few questions and also made them write a few short answers. We have submitted our report to the board’s anti-corruption cell, but we have not written anything on students’ capability to top. It would be wrong on our part,” he added.