On April 4, 2013 the chief minister of the state postponed the Maharashtra State Civil services exam. The commission which conducts the exam lost the data of about 350,000 candidates from its server due to a technical glitch.
The announcement by the chief minister came a day after he declared that the Maharashtra Public Service Commission examination would be conducted as scheduled. The exam was earlier supposed to be conducted on April 7, 2013. The new schedule of the examination is likely to be in the month of May 2013 and shall soon be announced by the MPSC officials.
The matter was discussed by all political parties including the leader of opposition in the assembly Eknath Khadse and the leader of opposition in the council Vinod Tawde. After a discussion with the Chief minister, a need for the postponement was stressed. The technical glitch occurred due to a virus attack on the MPSC main server, after which the data of many exam goers was lost.
The candidates were supposed to appear for two papers and due to the mishap, they were not given their hall tickets, seat numbers, information on exam centres and other details. After the announcement of the postponement, the candidates called for a widespread protest.