Following the Army recruitment examination paper leak, for recruitment of personnel for various ranks in the army, the government has approved introduction of online entrance examination. In the month of February question papers were leaked for common entrance exam in Maharashtra and Goa and in past 3 years, seven cases of paper leak have been reported. The exam was partially scrapped following news of a question paper leak. The exams were to be held for four grades general duty, tradecraft, technical and clerical staff.
In a written response to a question in the Lok Sabha, Subhash Bhamre, Minister of State for Defence said, the government has ordered a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the incident. Further, strict instructions have been issued to follow Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) and that any violations will be strictly dealt with.
Last month, the Maharashtra Police arrested three persons with military links in the Army Recruitment Board exam scam. One of the suspects is Lance Naik Mahendra Sonavane, posted in Pune, who was forwarded one of the question papers on his cellphone and had forwarded it to other people. The second person with military links is Ranjeet Jadhav (27) of the BSF. He was posted in Meghalaya but had taken leave to go to Goa where he was suspected to have aided in the question paper leak. The third arrest was of former Armyman Ramappa Patole (48). As many as 350 students were in possession of the leaked papers and they were detained for questioning across the centres.
The questions were leaked for a minimum of Rs 2 lakh per paper. The Army cancelled the exams at six centres soon after the arrests. The exams will be conducted on a later date. The accused would offer to get the question papers hours before the exams, demanding around Rs 2.5 lakh for each. Once the deal was struck, the candidates would be asked to come to halls that the accused would take on rent near the examination centres the night before the exam was scheduled.
Once everyone had assembled in the hall, the accused got the image of the question papers on WhatsApp around 1 am, said the officer. The accused then took as many printouts as required and handed them over to the candidates nearly eight hours before the exams.