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Rly exam cheating case: Rail board to change exam format

mumbai Updated: Aug 18, 2011 01:33 IST

Nearly 20 days after a candidate appearing for the Railway Recruitment Board (RRB) exam was caught cheating, the RRB has changed its format for setting papers. The question papers will now be set in New Delhi, and then be distributed in the rest of the centres.

As per the new procedure the chairman of the Railway Recruitment Control Board (RCRB), who is also the Member (staff) for the Railway Board, will be in-charge of setting the paper.

Sources said that the chairman of the RRCB would appoint chairmen of any three RRB centres, out of the total 21 centres, to set the paper. The paper would then be finalised by the RRCB chairman in the capital.

The RRB exam attracts lakhs of applicants every year.

“A separate colour will be used to mark each format of the paper and there will be three different sets prepared,” said an official from the RRB. The papers would then be printed by different printers, to prevent leaks.

“The questions would not be known to anyone at the centre,” said BK Dadabhoy, chairman, RRB, Mumbai.

A proper photo identity card would be required from each candidate, and in case some discrepancy is found, a photocopy of the card would be sent to the university for verification.

Under the current system, the chairman of every centre sets the paper. Also, in each centre, there is only one set of papers.

On July 25, Rajkumar Patil, was caught cheating at the railway exam. He was found carrying three answer sheets that were marked with answers. He was arrested after the examination authorities filed a complaint against him.

The incident occurred at the Valia Chhaganlal College of Commerce, Andheri. The examination centre refuted that there was any paper leak.

This was a re-exam for the post of assistant station master (ASM) as the exam held in June was scrapped after the paper was leaked in Nagpur and Solapur.