Mobile internet bans new standard for government exams in Rajasthan | Jaipur News

JAIPUR: Crackdown on mobile internet services in recruitment exams has become the ‘last resort’ to stop mafias from cheating.
Internet curfew was previously used to contain community disputes in specific areas, but it has now become standard procedure during government reviews, especially after 2018 when mobile internet services were suspended for a review to hire 13,142 officers.
In 2018, the cheating mafia rigged a test held in March, forcing Rajasthan to drop the exam. A fierce operation against the gangs led to multiple arrests and reconsiderations.
At the time, authorities promised a “cheat-free” recruitment process, even if it was a heavy-handed one by causing a large-scale disruption of internet communication.
Since then, shutting off the internet has become an important practice during recruitment tests. For example, mobile internet services were shut down in several cities during a teacher recruitment test, also known as REET, on September 26.
The same crackdown was ordered for the Patwari direct recruitment exams held on October 24 and 25, which were attended by more than 10 lakh students. Also on Wednesday, several cities had to go through the same ordeal when divisional commissioners ordered a mobile internet restriction for RAS (Rajasthan Administrative Services) preliminary exams.
Recurring restrictions, however, have barely prevented gangs from fielding dummy candidates and using Bluetooth devices hidden in underwear and slippers. For example, the Sawai Madhopur police had discovered that the REET questionnaires would have reached some suspects before the examination, which would have led to multiple crossings of different cities.
“Bluetooth devices have a small range and the accused can be easily caught with a simple search. Mobile internet, on the other hand, can easily facilitate widespread cheating, as papers or answers can be shared,” said said a manager.

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