Nine persons, including a woman, were arrested for allegedly posing as candidates and appearing in the examination for recruitment of clerks in State Bank of India, police said on Monday.
The accused had allegedly appeared in the exam centre in place of genuine candidates at the Bell Institute centre in Mehli near Shimla on Sunday.
The exam coordinator became suspicious when a bunch of test takers took toilet breaks and were replaced by the impersonators, police said.
The coordinator informed police and the nine impersonators were arrested and booked under Section 7 of HP Malpractices Act and section 419 of IPC on the charges of copying and impersonating in the exam, they said.
The accused have been identified as Pravesh, Ashish, Balkar, Ran Nayar, Aanchal, Sandeep, Deep Singh and Aman, all residents of Jind and Natra from Chandigarh, police said.
They were produced in a local court and remanded in one-day police custody and manhunt has been launched to nab the original candidates, police said.
The possibility of some inter-state racket being involved in this cannot be ruled out and investigation in under, ASP Bhajan Dev Negi said.