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Will you sacrifice honesty for a seat?

Gen Y clears the air around cheating in exams

education Updated: Jan 18, 2012 00:47 IST
Garima Upadhyay

The recent AIIMS case has changed the way cheating is perceived among students.

Medical entrance tests are known for the rigorous preparation required to ace them, where only hard work and pure passion can help you sail through. “A case like this is shocking. It has dampened our spirits and we think there is nothing that money can’t buy,” says Anukriti Jayant, a medical aspirant.

Saloni Kapoor, a Class 12 student, says, “When you successfully cheat in an exam and score well, you get a high.” If one has made the mistake of cheating once, then “they must detach themselves from cheating as they progress to senior classes. There’s intense competition in senior classes, so cheating can become a risky proposition, marring students’ chances forever if they are caught,” she adds.

Ayush Aggarwal, a Class 12 student planning to do chartered accountancy, says, “I want to follow in my CA father’s footsteps and make him proud of me. I can’t imagine resorting to unfair means to clear the CA exam.” What if he doesn’t? “I am confident that I will be able to ace it. I believe in myself. However, if it doesn’t happen, I’ll try again and will be successful,” Aggarwal adds. “Cheating might help you get through to your dream institute, but what about keeping up with the rigour demanded by that course. The dropout rates in engineering colleges speak for themselves,” says Purnima Upadhyay, a Class 12 student.

Lying to parents and friends, unfairness in monetary dealings also mean cheating Anukriti Jayant, student

I can’t imagine resorting to unfair means in an exam… I believe in myself Ayush Aggarwal, student