Acting in time, the University of Mumbai averted a possible exam leak on Wednesday by replacing the question paper for a final year Bachelor of Management Studies paper.
On Wednesday morning, university officials received information that questions of the international finance paper to be held that day were doing the rounds hours before it was to begin at 3pm. This sixth semester 60-mark BMS paper is a compulsory paper, with 9,538 students following the revised syllabus appearing for it. Last month, the final year BCom marketing and human resource management paper had leaked, resulting in a re-exam.
After receiving the tip-off, university officials including members of the ad-hoc BMS board of studies, paper setters and others were informed. University officials met at the Kalina campus by noon, where they compared the question paper code of the ‘leaked’ paper and the actual paper and found it was the same.
The university did not clarify how closely the papers matched. “Prima facie there was some match,” said Naresh Chandra, the university’s pro vice chancellor, but did not specify further. At around 12.30pm the university informed all 58 exam centres not to open the paper packets they had already received and to instead wait for a replacement question paper. Three question paper sets are prepared for every exam paper, with one of the back-up sets being used in case of such an emergency.
The fresh paper was emailed and faxed to all the centres from 2.30pm onwards. It reached some centres later than the scheduled exam start time of 3pm, but the university informed centres that all students be given extra time in case of a delay. There were no reports of any centres failing to get the fresh question paper altogether.