The anti-cheating bill

The anti-cheating bill

The anti-cheating bill

The Anti – Cheating bill


To bring in more transparency, fairness and credibility to the public examination system, to reassure candidates their efforts will be fairly rewarded to deter people from using unfair practices to adversely impact public exams.

Which recent exams have been hobbled by cheating or paper leaks?

A raft of examinations last year were cancelled following question paper leaks for instance the teacher recruitment exam in Rajasthan. Common Eligibility Test (CET) for Group-D posts in Haryana, the recruitment examination in Bihar.

Which exams does the Bill cover?

All central exams conducted by a bunch of agencies, including Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), Staff Selection Commission (SSC), Railway Recruitment Board (RRB), National Testing Agency (NTA), Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS)

Does it cover school level exams.?

No, The bill does not mention any examinations conducted at the school level.

Who can be punished under it.?

So can students be charged?

No. bona fide candidates or students as defined in the Bill are left out of the legislation’s purview.

What are the punishments it prescribes?

All offences to be cognizable, non-bailable and non- compoundable. The punishment includes jail for 3-5 years and a fine of up to `10 lakh. An organized paper leak is an ‘unlawful activity committed’ to cheat in a public exam. The punishment is jail for 5-10 yrs and minimum fine of `1cr.

What are offences under the bill.?

The bill classified offences under 15 categories :

1. Leaking question paper.

2. Colluding with others to leak question papers.

3. Accessing question papers.

4. An unauthorized person providing answers to question.

5. Directly or indirectly assisting a candidate.

6. Tampering with answer sheets.

7. Altering the assessment

8. Willfully violating central public exam norms.

9. Tampering with documents to shortlist candidates.

10. Deliberately violating security measures.

11. Tampering with the computer network.

12. Manipulating seating arrangements.

13. Threatening people associated with the exam authority.

14. Creating fake websites to cheat or conduct fake exams.

15. Issuing fake admit cards or offer letters to cheat or for monetary gain.

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