JEE Main 2023 Session 1: The NTA will debar students for 3 years from appearing in exam if found to have used unfair means. Know NTA rules here.
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Anu Parthiban | January 23, 2023 | 05:10 PM IST
NEW DELHI: Session 1 of Joint Entrance Examination (JEE Main 2023), the third largest entrance exam of India, will begin tomorrow. The National Testing Agency (NTA) faced criticism after several reports on cheating, impersonation and irregularities marred the engineering entrance exam in the last two years. JEE Main 2023 January 25 Live Updates
To prevent cheating in the exam, the NTA has warned students that they may be debarred for 3 years in the future if found to have used unfair practices in the JEE Main 2023 exam. Those involved in cheating will also be “booked under the “Unfair Means” (UFM) case and shall also be liable for criminal action and /or any other action as deemed fit”.
"JEE Main 2023 results of such candidates will be cancelled. Similarly, the result of those candidates who appear from the centre other than the one allotted to them or allow another person to write the examination on his behalf will be cancelled. No plea will be entertained in this regard,” the NTA informed.
The NTA defined unfair means as an activity that allows a candidate to gain an unfair advantage over other candidates. It considers the following practices as unfair.
The NTA debarred 20 candidates from taking exams for three years for cheating in 2021. The Central Board of Investigation (CBI) on October 3 last year detained a Russian hacker for allegedly tampering with the iLeon software, the platform on which the JEE Main 2021 exam was conducted, and helping the accused in hacking. However, the following month, a special court granted bail to Russian national Mikhail Shargen.
The alleged hacking had benefited over 800 JEE aspirants. The court granted bail stating that the Russian hacker’s role was not at par with other accused and because they did not find weight in the CBI's argument.
The CBI initial investigation found that at least one exam centre was compromised in the 4th session of JEE Main 2021 exam. The NTA conducted the JEE exam in four sessions in 2021 due academic loss faced by students during COVID-19 and to improve their scores.
Last year, students faced technical issues during JEE Main 2022 session 1 which led them to file a petition for another chance to appear in the exam. A Supreme Court bench of Justices DY Chandrachud and JB Pardiwala which heard the plea directed the NTA to permit 15 candidates to appear in the additional session scheduled on July 30, 2022.
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