CBSE likely to use encrypted question papers to avoid leaks

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The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is planning to use encrypted question papers for classes X and XII board examinations to avoid exam paper leaks.

Under the encrypted system, login details will be provided to each examination and the centers will distribute the printouts or photocopies of the question papers. Till now, the question papers were printed and then kept at the banks. The centre superintendents take the papers to the centre an hour before the examination.

In March this year, the board faced major embarrassment after class XII economics and class X mathematics question papers were leaked. The CBSE had to conduct a re-test for the class XII paper. However, re-exam was not conducted for the class X maths paper as it was leaked only in the Delhi region, stated the CBSE

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“As a pilot project, we did this (used the encrypted system) for the class X compartment exam. There was no problem with it. We realised that the number of (test) centres were fewer — just 32. For the board examinations, we have almost 4,500 exam centres and close to 30 lakh children, so the board is deliberating on providing infrastructure at the examination centres,” CBSE secretary Anurag Tripathi said, adding that the board would also provide a “printed set of question papers in the banks in case of any emergency” like technical glitches.

The board is also planning to provide logistical support to examination centres for implementing the encrypted system, an exam centre would require equipment, like computer, printers, internet connection, photo copier and continuous power supply.

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