Minutes before the Class 12 Madhya Pradesh board examination commenced, the snapshots of the mathematics question paper went viral on WhatsApp group at an exam centre in Ujjain, an official said.
The exam observer at the exam centre in Kalidas Montessori School noticed that the snapshot in the mobile phone of an examinee, said district education officer Sanjay Goyal.
“Minutes before the board exam started, an invigilator saw a snapshot of the last page of the mathematics paper on a WhatsApp group called “Jagteraho” on the mobile phone of the examinee,” he said.
“The official present at the exam centre immediately called me and after cross verifying we found that questions in the snapshot were the same as the one in the exam,” he said.
“We immediately called the local police and handed the examinee over to them. We also informed matter to the board officials and district collector about the incident and now the board will take decision on the matter.”
This is second consecutive year, when snapshots of the board exam paper were circulated through WhatsApp in the state. In 2015, a snapshot of social science paper of Class 10 board examination was circulated through WhatsApp in the rural area and some part of the city.
The police have arrested three youngsters in connection with the incident and registered a case against them under Section 3/4 of Madhya Pradesh Recognised Examination Act 1937.
Meanwhile, authorities in Bhind district rubbished a report that said the mathematics question paper was leaked.
Talking to the media persons, Bhind collector Ilaya Raja T said, “I too got the paper through a WhatsApp group. We matched the questions with the original paper and not even a single question was same.”
Bhind continues to remain a hub of such candidates, who use unfair means during the examination.
On Wednesday, 120 cases of cheating were reported across the state, out of which 86 cases were from Bhind. Previously 56 impersonators had been caught during board exams in Bhind. On March 2, 174 students were caught cheating in Bhind, while one student was caught copying answers from Whatsapp during the exam.