A Class 12 student was caught on Thursday using his mobile phone inside the examination centre in Thane, said state education board officials.
Students are not allowed to carry mobile phones inside the examination room. This is the first such case of cheating in the Mumbai division this year.
“There are a series of checks, but somehow the student managed to bring the mobile phone inside,” said RR Bhise, secretary of the Mumbai division of the board. “Our officials seized the phone and we will now conduct an inquiry.”
The student was writing the Biology paper at Pendharkar College in Thane.
Statistics from the state board indicate that this year 1,859 students have been caught cheating during the Class 10 exams (until March 17) and 1,991 during the Class 12 exams (until March 16) across Maharashtra.
Last year there 3,295 cases of cheating were reported at the Class 12 exams and 2,751 at the Class 10 exams.
The final figures for both will be available once the exams end in the final week of March.
“The vigilance committees against cheating have been very active this year,” said S Dhekane, secretary of the board.
“We have had no cases of people breaking into the exam centre or bringing in weapons.”