The CBI on Wednesday registered four FIRs in connection with the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) entrance test fraud in 2010-11. The exams were for post-graduate (PG) as well as under-graduate (UG) courses.
In June, the CBI arrested six suspects, including the alleged kingpin, of an inter-state network that specialised in manipulating the examination process of these courses.
The arrested kingpin, Dr Mahipal Singh, had done his PG in Radiology from Aiims a year ago and is believed to have been running the racket for the past two years, according to sources in the CBI.
The FIRs were registered against gang members, including the six arrested, for manipulating the answer sheets or OMRs (Optical Mark recognition sheets).
Students mark their answers on OMR sheets by darkening circles marked on a pre-printed sheet. Afterwards, a scanning machine grades the sheet automatically.
Some candidates had agreed to pay the gang members several lakhs of rupees for manipulating the same.
“At the time of scanning of the candidates’ OMR sheets, the ovals against the unanswered questions were darkened with the help of two accused, who were employees of Pearl Technologies, the private firm that provided logistics for the examination process,” revealed a source in the CBI.
According to the CBI, as a result of the manipulation of four exams, around 25 candidates figured in the merit list and secured admission in PG courses in different medical colleges, including Aiims.
The first FIR pertained to the Aiims PG entrance exam of January 2010. “Seven OMR sheets were interpolated,” said CBI spokesperson Dharini Mishra.
The second FIR pertained to the Aiims UG entrance examination of June 2010, in which six OMR sheets were interpolated.
The third related to PG entrance of November 2010 in which OMR sheets of eight candidates were interpolated, and the fourth had to do with rigging of the Aiims PG exam of January 2011.