What a situation it would have been when Supreme Court of India issued the verdict dated June 15 and June 19, 2015, that AIPMT should be re-conducted. This came as the biggest shock for 6 lakh aspirants who had appeared for the exam on 3rd May 2015, that they will have to appear in the fresh examination because cases of cheating & irregularity were reported during the pre-medical test in some states where students stitched bluetooth devices and sophisticated microphones into their clothes. Even the answer keys were made available one hour before the exam to students through SMS & Whatsapp.
To avoid the same issue during the All India Pre-Medical Entrance Test to be conducted on May 1 next year, CBSE is taking steps to completely eliminate mass cheating possibilities. Supreme court had said very bluntly that CBSE should have taken sufficient steps to stop the mass scale copying practice. Not only that the government will permit metal detectors and jammers will be installed to check the use of audio-visual devices, the use of fingerprint scanners will prevent the entry of fraudulent candidates into the examination centres.
In the recently held meeting of HRD ministry with CBSE, the foolproof plan was prepared and finalized. Aspiring candidates should be cautious as all the examination centres throughout the nation will be equipped with metal detectors, mobile phone jammers and fingerprint scanners so as to avoid a repeat of the entrance test’s notorious 2015 episode. Candidates will be strictly prohibited to carry phones, watches and even pens into the examination centre. The same was followed when the exam was re-conducted on July 25, students were not allowed to carry phones, watches and even pens into the examination centre.
One senior official told, “The applicants, at the time of making the application, will need to send scanned fingerprint impressions along with their photographs. At the centre, their fingerprint impressions will be collected again through inkless pads. This will ensure that the candidate who filled the application and the one who took the examination are the same.”
JS Rajput, former NCERT director and educationist raised his voice in favour of the plans undertook by CBSE and said, “CBSE has enough resources to make foolproof arrangements. Moreover, it collects Rs. 1000 from all the appearing candidates. Also procuring metal detectors and fingerprint scanners for one day is a very much feasible solution. It should not be a problem.”
Even the invigilators will be given flashlights to make sure that the candidates do not stuff tiny microphones into their vests or ears. Aspirants might not feel happy or excited about the security that they will be undergoing as such arrangements can turn out to be a hassle for those who might be planning to follow the path of the cheats of previous year.