The Federal Public Service Commission (FPSC) has emphasised that the MCQ-based Preliminary Test (MPT) required as a requirement for the Central Superior Services (CSS) test would not be retaken.
On February 20, the first-ever CSS MPT was held. Soon after the test began, photographs of the question paper were posted on various social media channels.
Following the test, aspirants claimed that the MPT was leaked before the test began and urged that the FPSC re-conduct the test to guarantee that all applicants were on an equal footing.
However, the FPSC later emphasised that the MPT photographs were provided after the test began, which has no bearing on its reliability, and that the MPT conducted on February 20 will be taken into account when deciding CSS eligibility.
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It’s worth noting that all FPSC tests require applicants to return their question papers, and it’s possible that one of the invigilators took and shared the photographs of MPT.
The mandatory MPT was adopted by the Federal Government in October of last year to effectively screen out serious candidates for the CSS exam. On February 20, the first-ever MPT was held, with over 60,000 applicants apparently taking part.