SSC Exam Paper Asks - Who is “Tallest”- Deepika, Katrina, Huma or Preity!The SSC, or the Staff Selection Commission, which runs an exam to make appointments in central ministries and other government departments, has readily apologised for a question paper that asked candidates which Bollywood actress was the tallest and gave a multiple choice of 4 answers

The question in topic on Bollywood, one with multiple choice selections, rested between a question on this year’s Lok Sabha elections and another question on the month in which Valentine’s Day is celebrated. The applicants were asked to select the name of the actress who was “tallest in height” amongst the given options of a) Huma Qureshi, b) Katrina Kaif, c) Deepika Padukone and d) Preity Zinta.

Not just this blunder, but another section of the paper tested the deductive reasoning of candidates with the bizarre statement- “All women are cats, and all cats are rats.”

An enraged Women’s Commission in Kerala has rightly demanded an explanation for what is being severely criticised as a “gender insensitive” question paper for the combined graduate level examination.

SSC chairman A Bhattacharya said in a statement yesterday, “It is abominable, improper, substandard… and we are very upset and deeply sorry.”

Mr Bhattacharya said no one at the SSC had set the question paper. Few local teachers were appointed to set a bank of questions and a panel of experts chose from these to set a final paper, he added.

The SSC has agreed to the demands of the Women’s Commission that the 2 controversial questions not be considered for evaluation.

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