Questions of the preliminary tests held yesterday for Sonali Bank recruitment were allegedly leaked. The authorities concerned said they were looking into the allegation.
Several job-seekers, who took the recruitment test for the posts of senior officer, officer and officer (cash), claimed they had received the answers of Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) on their mobile phones from people outside during the hour-long test.
Some claimed to have got the answers even before the tests began.
Emerging from an exam centre, a candidate told The Daily Star he had received the answers 20 minutes after the exam started.
“A person promised to get me a job in the bank in exchange for Tk 5 lakh. Today, he provided me the answers of the preliminary test and will confirm my position after the written and the viva voce,” he said, wishing anonymity.
“He has also told me that I don't even need to qualify in the written test. He will take care of everything necessary,” he added.
Upon asking, the person showed this reporter two SMSs received at 3:50pm, exactly 20 minutes after the test started. One SMS contained answers of the first 50 questions while the other had answers of the rest 50.
Another aspirant, who is doing his Masters from Dhaka University (DU) and took the test for the senior officer's post yesterday, said, "As previously promised, some seniors of my university campus sent me the answers of all 100 MCQs through SMSs during the exam."
Though he initially was sceptic but was convinced of correctness of the answers after checking them with others sitting around him at Dhaka Teachers' Training College.
If what he claimed is proved true, this raises serious questions about the quality of vigilance in the exam halls.
Contacted, Pradip Kumar Dutta, managing director of Sonali Bank, said he had heard the "rumours of the question leak" and asked the authorities of DU's business studies faculty, which is conducting the recruitment tests, to look into it.
“The business faculty dean told me that some candidates sent out questions through their cell phones and then received answers from their accomplices outside. They also seized some mobile phones from different exam centres,” he added.
Prof Shibli Rubaytul Islam, dean of the faculty, confirmed that they indeed had seized around 70 cell phones during the exam.
"It seems some candidates took snapshots of the question paper and sent it outside using their cell phones. Their aides from outside then sent them the answers," he said, adding that they were verifying the contents in the phones seized during the test.
When asked if the test would be cancelled, he replied in the negative.
Around 2.2 lakh candidates took the test in 105 centres in the capital for 1,707 posts of the state-run bank.