In a case of one more inconsistency during BCom exams this year, several students received text messages on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning containing questions that would allegedly appear in a third year BCom paper scheduled for Wednesday.
However, the Mumbai University denied that there had been a leak, even though 45 marks worth of questions in the chain SMS also appeared in the Marketing and Human Resource Management question paper.
The controller of examinations SM Suryavanshi maintained that the SMSes were a hoax and that no invigilators at any of the examcentres had reported anything out of the ordinary. “I have only been hearing these rumours from the media,” said Suryavanshi. “Everything went off smoothly. There was no problem at all on Wednesday.”
Among the messages circulated, one reached the students half an hour before the paper was to begin. It contained subjective questions that would allegedly appear in the paper.
“A student could have written 45 marks of the 60 marks paper based on this message, gaining an unfair advantage,” said Parag Vedak, a former senate member who received the message.
Question one with two options was identical, in question two, three out of four sub-questions in the message and the paper were the same and in question three, three of four sub-questions were the same.
The university issued a press release on Wednesday night reiterating that there was no truth to the news that the paper had been leaked.
“Last night and this morning, I received some questions that would supposedly come in the exam, but these were rumours so I didn’t pay much attention,” said Rajaram Shankar, a TYBCom student.
On Wednesday night students received messages claiming that there would be a re-examination. The university denied this.