Rs 15 Lakh For Assured Admission In Top Engineering College: How JEE Main Scam Worked?
Seven persons of a private consultancy firm have been apprehended by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) over a JEE (Main) admission scam.
They have been accused of cheating the exam system and assuring admission in top engineering colleges by false means upon payment of Rs 15 lakh per candidate.
Two directors of Affinity Education Private Limited – Siddarth Krishna , Vishambhar Mani Triapthi, four employees – Ritik Singh, Anjum Dawoodani, Animesh Kumar Singh, Employee, Ajinkya Narhari Patil and a private person Ranjeet Singh Thakur have been arrested.
Initial arrests were made over irregularities found in the JEE (Mains) exams held in August last week and September 1 and 2.
The CBI is checking the records of candidates who availed services offered by the Affinity education consultancy firm and appeared in NTA -conducted engineering exams.
It is also going over the consultancy’s bank account details and info about other suspicious exam centres from NTA.
It said that it has received clues that the firm has made some transactions through the ‘Hawala’ Route.
How The Scam Worked
Talking about the modus operandi, Affinity posted a solver at a remote location who would solve the questions which were displayed on the computer terminal allotted to the candidate at the examination centre.
These solvers are former exam toppers and teachers.
The solver would then attain a high rank on behalf of the candidate which would guarantee their admission into top colleges.
The Centre supervisor who had access to the computer network was also complicit in the fraud.
Instructions To The Students
Students from all over the country were told to select Sonepat as their exam centre despite coming from different locations.
The candidates were told to keep their hand on a mouse and make calculations on a sheet to keep up the facade that they are writing their own paper while the questions were being solved by experts remotely.
The CBI also found that exam consoles and computers at the Sonepat centre were hacked and remotely controlled from places like Jamshedpur.
Staff members at the Sonepat centre are accused of facilitating the hacking in exchange for money.
As security, class 10th and 12th marksheets, the user IDs, passwords, and post-dated cheques of aspiring students were obtained.
NTA Issues Clarification
The NTA addressed students’ concerns that the exam cycle would be affected due to the scam.
It said that the results for the August-September cycle would not be delayed since the matter isn’t one of a paper-leak which can result in cancellation of the examination.
The agency further said that the nine people in its August 26 to September 2 cycle found to have used unfair means during the examination will stand debarred from taking the JEE (Mains) for three years.
23 centres found to have allowed candidates to commit the fraud have been blacklisted.
Another 97 centres are being closely watched.