The question paper of the regional entrance exam for the Indian National Mathematical Olympiad (INMO) was leaked five days before the exam. It was leaked last year too, a few hours before the exam.
About 30,000 students from across India had enrolled for this year’s exam, held on December 4. All six questions in the paper were posted on a California-based website, which had posted the leaked questions last year too, on November 29.
On Friday, officials at the Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education, the nodal centre for the Olympiad programme, filed a first information report (FIR) with the cyber crime cell of the Mumbai police.
“The paper was leaked and an FIR has been lodged. A new moderation method will be applied for those who clear the test,” confirmed SS Mane, national coordinator for the Olympiad.
The questions were posted with the user name ‘Jemima’ on the website www.artofproblemsolving.com, which is based in California and is a popular website for training high school students in mathematics.
After last year’s paper leak, the Centre had neither filed a criminal complaint nor held a retest. This year, the organising committee will hold a second regional entrance exam only if more than 30 students from a region score 40 marks and above.
The regional exam is the first level exam from which students are shortlisted and eligible to appear for the second level Indian National Mathematical Olympiad (INMO) exam. After this, six will be chosen to represent the country in the international arena.
The INMO began in 1991 under the National Board of Higher Mathematics, Department of Atomic Energy.