Adding to the list of stringent measures, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has decided to install jammers in the examination halls for the All India Pre-Medical Test (AIPMT) retest. This decision has been taken in order to curb the use of communication devices, so as to minimise the chances of cheating.
CBSE has instructed the invigilators to carry a flashlight inside the examination hall, in order to ascertain that no communication devices, such as Bluetooth headsets and miniature cameras are not used. They have also been given the authority to check the candidates’ ears and spectacles if needed.
CBSE has issued stringent guidelines to be followed during the exam, this came after the cheating racket across the country, which reached the scale of an organised crime. The board is not ready to leave anything to chance and is keen on creating an environment which makes it impossible for students to cheat. The Supreme Court had ordered CBSE to conduct a retest after the widespread cheating in the exam conducted on May 3.
The candidates have been instructed to wear only trousers, a half sleeve kurta or t-shirt and flip flops. They cannot wear shoes, belts, wrist watches, scarves, caps or even clothes with large buttons or badges. CBSE has cracked down on accessories as well, the candidates are not allowed to wear any religious charms or ‘magic’ amulets/jewellery. There will a check on almost all types of accessories, such as earrings, nose rings, necklaces, brooches, chains, bracelets, pendants, etc.
The restrictions on clothing are not limited to the type of clothes, the board has gone to the extent of prescribing the pattern and colours of the garments as well. It has notified that only light coloured clothes should be worn, and there should be no flowers or any other elaborate pattern on the outfit.
The retest is set to be conducted on July 25, approximately 6.3 lakh students will appear for the retest.