India blocked the internet for 25 million people in an attempt to prevent cheating by in a mass exam, as the authorities closed access to internet networks in 10 regions with a population of 25 million people.
The exam is for desirable qualifications that allow trained teachers to get jobs in government-run primary or secondary schools – jobs that come with generous benefits.
The measure came as about 1.6 million students were preparing to take the exam on Sunday, the first time the exam has been held in Rajasthan since 2018, raising concerns about potential cheating that has spread in the past. In India, authorities have struggled with ever more sophisticated methods to help people succeed
As part of the additional efforts to prevent cheating, authorities have installed cameras at thousands of testing sites set up across the state, and candidates have been asked to switch the face mask they arrived with to wear one provided by the center.
A document released by Rajasthan’s Chief Minister, Ashok Jahlot, revealed that officials recorded video production of exam papers, including printing, transmission, and distribution of exams.
The workers involved in the operation were also told that they would be fired immediately if it was found that they had a hand in leaking the test paper, but despite the strict measures, at least ten people were arrested for attempting to cheat using Bluetooth devices hidden with them.