CBSE to Use Metal Detectors in JEE, AIPMT Exam to Curb Cheating

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will use metal detectors to bar candidates from using electronic gadgets for cheating purposes during professional examinations like JEE and AIPMT.

As per a circular, the board stated that “The Board, in order to check the use of unfair practices through electronic devices by the candidates in professional examination has decided to frisk candidates before entering the examination centre for detection of bugs/devices by use of highly sensitive hand-held bug/metal detector.”
CBSE Last year, students used devices stitched in vests with the intention of leaking question papers. Hence, this year CBSE bought 8,000 hand-held metal detectors to frisk candidates across 52 exam centres in India. “We have mainly used this kind of frisking in some professional examinations earlier also. But we hired metal detectors which were proving to be a costly proposition. So the CBSE is planning to buy them,” as per a CBSE senior official’s statement.

During All India Pre-Medical and Pre-Dental Test 2015, with the help of electronic gadgets, students leaked solved question papers in ten states across the country. Later, as per supreme court order, the CBSE board had to re-conduct AIPMT exams.

The metal detectors to be used by CBSE would be capable of detecting prohibited metallic electronic devices, miniature electronic gadgets, photo-voltaic equipment, wire, ordinary battery, watch batteries or similar materials which are used in SIM cards and Bluetooth used for transmitting answer keys. The detectors would be so powerful that they would catch even a staple pin in the possession of candidates.

Every year, CBSE conducts competitive examinations for professional courses, such as Joint Entrance Examinations (Main), All India Pre Medical Test (AIPMT), University Grants Commission-National Eligibility Test (UGC NET), and Combined Teachers Eligibility Test (CTET), among others.


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