On Friday, Bihar was rocked by a scandal, when this year’s Class XII topper, Ganesh Kumar’s real age was discovered. He had allegedly forged his date of birth and turns out to be 41 years old, and not 24 years old, as he claimed to be. The revelation of his age was made by Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB). He has now been arrested.
Confirming that Kumar had been arrested for forging his date of birth, Patna Kotwali DSP Shivli Nomani said: “He appeared this evening before the state board and the board handed him over to us.”
He secured 82.6 % in the Class XII board exams, while 64.75 % students failed this year. This happens to be the worst BSEB result in two decades.
On Friday, the BSEB said that it had put on hold the result of its arts topper. Anand Kishor, chairperson BSEB, said: “We went through the board’s old records and found that Ganesh Kumar had appeared in the matriculation examination in 1990 from Giridih and in 1992 from Jhumri Tilaiya and secured the second division both times. He had mentioned his date of birth in the admit card as November 7, 1975.”
Ganesh had taken the Class X examination in 2015 and secured the first division but had mentioned his date of birth as June 2, 1993.
Ganesh came under scrutiny for three reasons. He said he was 24 years old though most students who take the exam are in the 17-18 age group; he came all the way from Giridih, where he originally hails from, to write his examination and though he secured 65 out of 70 marks in the music practical, his performance with a harmonium later before the media raised doubts.
BSEB spokesperson Rajiv Ranjan Dwivedi said: “We traced records of the board of undivided Bihar and matched his father’s name and permanent address.”