Two days after the HSC Secretarial Practice and Physics papers were leaked on WhatsApp, the mathematics and statistics papers for all three streams — arts, science and commerce — went viral on the messaging application at least 30 minutes before the exam.
Also, a student was caught viewing the leaked images on her phone during the test at an exam centre in Mumbai.
The Mumbai division of the Maharashtra State Board has filed a complaint with the Vashi police station, adding to the case against HSC Marathi and the other two papers that were leaked back to back.
Shots of the papers were shared on a students group on the messaging application at 10.30 am, while the papers were handed out to examinees at 10.50 am and the exam began at 11 am.
Mathematics and statistics are a common subject for all three streams. Arts and science have the same question paper, while commerce students are given a different paper.
“Both the question papers have come out on WhatsApp, we matched them to the original papers and found that they are the same,” said Dattatray Jagtap, chairperson of the Mumbai divisional board, which includes Thane, Palghar and Raigad too.
Adding that a girl student was caught looking at the images in the exam room, Jagtap said, “We immediately informed the centre to lodge a police complaint against her.” The girl will be allowed to write the exam for now, and later on action will be taken against her depending on the investigation.
This is the fifth time in a row that the papers have been leaked on WhatsApp. On Saturday, Secretarial Practice and Physics leaked, after Marathi on Thursday. Book keeping and accountancy has been leaking for the last two years in a similar manner.
Meanwhile, the board has asked exam centres to make a separate note of students who enter the exam hall late. “Late comers will be investigated to check if their reasons for not reaching on time are genuine,” said Siddheshwar Chandekar, secretary of the division.