On 6th February 2024, the Lok Sabha took a decisive step towards ensuring fair and just public examinations by passing the Public Examinations (Prevention of Unfair Means) Bill, 2024. This bill aims to curb the rampant issue of cheating and malpractices in various public examinations, including entrance tests like NEET and JEE, recruitment exams conducted by UPSC and SSC, and other board exams.
Key Provisions of the Bill:
- Strict Penalties: The bill prescribes a minimum imprisonment of three years and a fine of up to ₹1 crore for indulging in unfair means like leaking question papers, using electronic devices for cheating, impersonating candidates, and organizing or abetting such activities.
- Wider Coverage: It encompasses not just students and candidates but also exam officials, coaching centers, and individuals or organizations involved in facilitating cheating.
- Strengthened Enforcement: The bill empowers authorities to conduct searches, seize electronic devices, and intercept communication to prevent and investigate malpractices.
Q: The main objective of the Public Examinations (Prevention of Unfair Means) Bill is to:
a) Increase the difficulty level of exams
b) Reduce the number of public examinations
c) Ensure fair and just public examinations
d) Introduce online exams for all subjects
Ans : c) Ensure fair and just public examinations