Lucknow: Haunted by the spectre of cheating in the MBBS entrance exam for those aspiring to be doctors, the Uttar Pradesh Combined Pre-Medical Test (CPMT) organisers have come up with unprecedented security measures in 2012.
These include carrying answer sheets on a chartered flight, keeping secret the forward route of the sheets and closing all photocopying shops around the test centres. Other steps include taking fingerprints, having handwriting experts on standby and video recording all examinees as they enter the centres to write their paper.
Around 77,000 students will appear for the test on June 3. The Chatrapati Shahuji Maharaj Medical University (CSMMU) is conducting the test.
CPMT had been in the past marred by accusations of mass copying and impersonation.
But organisers said the security was unprecedented this year, with some of them even calling it bizarre.
CSMMU spokesman Abbas Ali said steps such as using a chartered plane to carry the sheets were being taken for the first time.
"This is the first time such foolproof arrangements are being made," Ali informed.
Students will get four answer sheets, of which one will be retained by the student, two copies will go to the medical university and one to the Director General Medical Education (DGME) to avoid any scope for manipulation, said a university official who did not want to be named.
The examinees will not be allowed to take pens, pencils, copies and water bottles inside the centre.
Pens will be provided to the examinees at the centre, a senior official revealed.
This was decided at a meeting headed by CSMMU Vice Chancellor D.K. Gupta to review the preparations for the test.
The use of mobile phones or any other electronic gadget within 500 metres of the centres has been banned.
The examinees will also have to give their fingerprints. Their handwriting will be preserved for matching during counselling to check if the person who wrote the exam and the one appearing for counselling are the same.
Invigilators will be given a code of conduct of dos and donts.
Those conducting the exam have been asked to note body marks and birth signs of the examinees for matching them later.
A special type of ink has been brought to ensure that the fingerprints last longer than usual, said A.A. Mehndi, a CSMMU professor.