Candidates, who appeared for the Indian army recruitment exam in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur district, were asked to sit in only underwear to prevent cheating.
More than 1,150 candidates were ordered to sit without clothes in an open ground. They were only allowed to wear their underwear.
A candidate told:
“As we entered Chakkar Maidan, the venue, we were asked to remove all clothes except underwear. We had no option but to comply with the instructions even though it felt odd. The gap between candidates was about eight feet in all directions.”
Another candidate added that telling them to remove their clothes was not dignified.
Indian Express reported that candidates were asked to remove their clothes to ‘save time on frisking so many people’.
Justifying the method, the director of the army recruitment board said that in past they had bad experiences while conducting exams and this was done to avoid the earlier experience.
However, local residents said that it was second time that the exam was conducted in this manner.
A senior officer described the conduct as an ‘administrative lapse’.
Last year, photographs of the mass cheating in Bihar surfaced on social networking sites. Parents were seen climbing the walls of a school building trying to pass chits to their wards in the examination hall.
Some time after that incident, another well-organised cheating racket evolved in Madhya Pradesh’s Bhind town in which relatives of the candidates gathered at examination centres to ensure their wards turn in perfect answer sheets.