The State Eligibility Test conducted by the SET Commission for the northeastern region was held on February 4 last, and after a few days its answer keys were made available on the SET website. It is seen that in case of Paper-I (General nowlege), out of 60 answers of the questions of multiple choice, not less them 25 (at least 42%) are erroneous, which may spoil the fate of many aspirants. In Question No. 2, the key answer in the multiple is (c) accordingly where Umtru dam is in West Bengal, Lower Subansiri dam is in Odisha, Maitnon dam is in Meghalaya, and Hirakud dam is in Assam. Is it possible? In Question No. 4, answer key is not true as Co2 is solely not responsible for acid rain. In Question No. 10, the answer key (D) of the matching question is not correctly matched in which Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar has been attached with genetics and Ramanujan with astrophysics.
Erroneous SET Answer Keys
Likewise, in Question Nos. 18, 19, 20 and 23, the answer keys are very much confusing. For example, in Question No. 19, according to the answer key, the theory of relativity was propounded by Gregor Mendal, and periodic table was attributed to Charles Darwin. In Question No. 20, India Wins Freedom is written by one Humayan Kabir, Discovery of India by Abdul Kalam Azad, and Nobel Prize winner Gitanjali by one Sanjoy Boro!
The answer of Question No. 37, the question of main objective of public broadcasting system (Prasar Bharati), is (D): entertainment only, according to the answer key. Being a government-run public sector broadcasting system, it has other objectives also such as to provide information, to educate, as well as interact with the common people, as per multiple answers.
In Question No. 38, the answer is given that the essential step for an effective communication is thinking about the evaluation procedure. To my knowledge, consideration of evaluation procedure should come next to some other procedure of communication cited in the multiple answers. Question No. 40 is an assertion-reason type question, where the assertion is "There is a population explosion in India", which is spotted as false assertion in the answer key. A child also knows about the rocket speed-like population explosion of India, which cannot be termed false.
The mathematical answering of Question Nos. 42 and 44 is more perplexing. Answers of Questions Nos. 54, 55 and 58 respectively of a given para are apparently not true after close alysis of that para. The synonnym of the word ‘stomach’ is given in answer key as (B) Colic’ (meaning pain of stomach), but according to the gist of the text, it should be (C): to tolerate.
More discrepancies will be detected if the answer keys of Paper I are closely examined by some experts. I appeal to the SET Commission that before evaluating the answer scripts it rectifies these errors so that justice is done to the humble examinees.
It is observed that airfares are hiked around festivals due to which people suffer a lot. It is welcome that now a parliamentary panel sought capping of airfares as it expressed concern over higher ticket prices around festivals. The Civil Aviation Ministry, though aware of the rampant exploitation, is not showing any pro-active role in regulating the airfares, the parliamentary report said. The report has been tabled in Parliament. I would, therefore, like to request the authority concerned to take effective steps to control the surge in airfares without delay.
Bamgaon, Biswath Chariali.