A question paper leak hit the All India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE) for the first time on Sunday, leading to a three-hour delay in conducting the test and giving nearly 12 lakh students across the country a scare.
Early morning, the Special Task Force (STF) of the Uttar Pradesh Police informed the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), which conducts the exam, of the question paper leak in Lucknow. The leaked paper was reportedly being sold for Rs 6 lakh per copy. The police have detained two coaching class managers in connection with the leak.
The delay — aimed at securing all test centres again and ensuring that the damage from the leak had been contained — also led to rescheduling of other annual entrance tests.
CBSE chairman Vineet Joshi said students who couldn’t sit the noon test could appear for another at a later, which the CBSE announced as May 8 but is set to reschedule to May 10 because of other exams on May 8. But parents of some students expressed concerns if it would be fair to allow some to take the test a week later.
Apart from the AIEEE — the country’s largest engineering examination for admission to more than 26,000 seats at the National Institutes of Technology and other central and state engineering schools —the paper leak delayed a CBSE-conducted architecture entrance test. The entrance test for the Armed Forces Medical College was also delayed by two hours as many centres were also hosting the AIEEE.
Good news for the CBSE came in the form of the successful debut of the computerised version of AIEEE, taken by a few thousand students. This was the first time that the online test was offered, apart from the pencil-paper format.