Last year’s paper ‘leaked’ on social media as 9.34 lakh appear for REET
‘Leaked paper’ reached aspirants at 9.50am. Officials cross-checked it with new test paper at 10am before declaring that leaked paper was of last year.Updated: Feb 11, 2018 22:14 IST
More than 9.34 lakh candidate appeared for the Rajasthan Eligibility Examination for Teachers (REET) – 2018, that was conducted across the state on Sunday.
The exams was conducted in two parts, while the level-2 exams was held from 10am to 12.30 pm at 2,253 centres across the state, the level-1 exams was held between 2.30 pm and 5 pm at 529.
Of the 8.04 lakh candidates who registered for the level-1 exams, only 7.43 lakh wrote the exams. In the level-2 exams, more than 1.91 lakh out of the 2.08 lakh registered candidates wrote the exams.
As soon as the first part of the exam started, rumours started doing the rounds that the exam paper along with the answer key had been leaked on social media.
Candidates who got hold of the “leaked papers”, and who did not wished to be named, shared the papers shared it with HT.
The rumours, however, were soon put to rest by the exam officials who said that it was on old paper.
Vasudev Devnani, state education minister, who took stock of the exam arrangements at the Board of Secondary Education, Rajasthan in Ajmer, said: “A paper went viral at 9.50 in the morning. When the exam papers were opened at 10 am and matched with the leaked one, it was found that it was an old paper from 2013 and has no connection with this year’s paper.”
Meanwhile, police detained two persons in Alwar for using unfair means in the exams. One was using a Bluetooth device during the exams while the other was impersonating a candidate, police said.
Earlier in the week, chief secretary Nihal Chand Goel issued instructions to district officials through video conferencing that no cheating takes place and the secrecy of exams is not compromised at any level.
More than 10,000 CCTV cameras were also installed across the centres and were constantly monitored at the control room set up at the BSER, an official said.
Jammers were also set up at the exam centres and internet services were also suspended around the centres in some areas, the official said.
“The scanned OMR sheets from the different exam centres will reach Ajmer by tomorrow morning.”
The conducting the REET was a big challenge considering the incidents of paper leaks during previous exams, but the board overcame the challenge with the help of the state government, education department and police, said Prof BL Choudhary, chairman of BSER.