Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan ordered an inquiry into an alleged irregularity in the recruitment examination of farmers’ welfare and agriculture department.

The top ten candidates, who appeared in the exam conducted for appointing agriculture officers by the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB) (popularly known as Vyapam) on February 10 and 11, committed the same mistakes and scored similar marks in different sections of the question paper, apart from several other suspicions raising coincidences, as seen in the answer sheet provided by MPPEB.

Other aspirants for officer post in the Agriculture Department raised an alarm and hinted towards another scam in the recruitment drive for the posts of 862 State Agriculture Officers.

MPPEB, which was previously named Vyapam, is infamous for rigging the entrance examination of medical colleges in 2013-14, popularly known as the Vyapam Scam and the CBI is still investigating the case.

A group of 10-15 candidates who had appeared in the examination flagged the coincidence or alleged irregularities after the MPPED uploaded the answer sheet of the entrance exam on Feb 17 and gave wrong answers to nearly six questions. Coincidently, the top scorers also gave the same wrong answers in their answer sheets, raising suspicion.

According to an official, the chief minister asked the chairman of MPPEB and principal secretary of the agriculture department to probe the matter and submit a report in this regard.