Jul. 26, 2017: Fresh trouble seems to be starting for NEET 2017 examinations. After a lot of controversies, in what seems to be the biggest of them all, there is a probability of possible hacking of NEET 2017 Results. The US Based Company, US Prometric Testings has confirmed that their software may have been hacked. The agency was given the contract by CBSE and NBE to conduct the NEET UG 2017 and the NEET PG 2017 examinations respectively. Reports state that the officials from the company have confirmed to the Crime Branch that the hack was possible and probably done months in advance. This news could very well lead to another cascading controversy for the lakhs of students already affected by the NEET 2017 Results. Other NEET News: NEET News Update: After controversy over regional papers, HRD Minister Javadekar promises all language papers in NEET 2018 to be similar.
As per the latest reports, after the confirmation was received by the US based company about a possibility of breach of the software, the Crime Branch has filed a 20-page chargesheet. In the charge sheet, it has been mentioned that as per the details the miscreants could have easily known which examination center to assign to the registered person, and accordingly assist in cheating. The pre-determined hack is more and more looking like a long planned strategy to beet the examination scheme. Not only were the hackers able to assign the examination centers, apparently the invigilators at those centers were in on the elaborate cheating exercise to upend the system. The charge sheet filed by the Delhi Police names the supervisors of two examination centres in Chandigarh and Greater Noida, where the exam was held, who purportedly assisted in cheating.
There is more to the elaborate scheme that now needs to be probed. Especially when the National Board of Examination (NBE), had also given the contract to conduct NEET PG (2017) to M/S Prometric Testings Pvt Ltd. The NEET (PG) examinations was conducted at various exam centres from December 5 to December 13 while NEET 2017 UG Examination was conducted on May 7. As per reports shared with various members of the press, Senior Officials the plan had been months in the making. As per records and evidences, the entire network consisted of agents and sub agents who were active through the year and charged handsome fees in return for the promise of a ‘good rank’ in the NEET 2017 Exams. The sub agents first tracked such students who were willing to and capable of paying which then informed the agents. The agents then contacted the candidates or their parents to carry out the scam.
These ‘agents’ were reportedly in constant touch with exam center supervisors, site supervisors, engineers and even officials. After hacking the software, the agents then advised the candidates on which examination center they should choose while filling the NEET 2017 forms. The report further states in its charge sheet, that M/S Prometric Testings Pvt Ltd had failed to identify the alleged user— Ammyy Admin, which had been used by the accused to hack the exam. It was also found out that a site-supervisor of the Chandigarh centre had used the software to put students in touch with agents outside, who would then solve the papers and pass them to the students. Apparently, the selected students had access to the internet while attempting the paper and could get assistance from outside the center. So far 4 accused have been arrested by the police for far. The Police have also listed a list of 30 doctors who were involved in the scam and requested permission from Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) for their arrest. Also Read: NEET Latest News Update: Tamil Nadu CM Approaches PM Narendra Modi, Requests TN to be Exempted from NEET Exam
The NEET UG 2017 was conducted on May 7, 2017 and there were reports which claimed that there was paper leak. However, the Central Board of Secondary (CBSE) denied the allegations. As per the official notification, a total of 11, 38,890 students had registered for the examination which included 1522 NRIs, 480 OCIs, 70 PIOs & 613 Foreigners. The NEET UG 2017 exam was also conducted in 10 languages at 1921 Exam Centres in 103 cities.