A 24-year-old woman in India was caught after attempting to step in illegally at a college examination held in October 2022 to cover up for her boyfriend, who was reportedly on vacation.
The woman, who may put her future in danger, changed the exam hall ticket, put her picture in place of her friend’s, and made minor revisions in the name to avoid getting noticed and caught by the officials.
There were previous reports about students who have finished the exam with excellent results in the past sitting as dummies for other students. The woman reportedly sat as a dummy candidate in the third-year Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) exam for her boyfriend, who told the committee that not only was he unprepared for the exam but also that he was in Uttarakhand on the day of the test.
The committee called the man after the woman got caught. “He told us that he was visiting Uttarakhand,” said a faculty member.
The man had failed the regular TYBCom examination, after which the woman attended as a dummy for him.
The woman told the committee that she changed the hall ticket using a computer and took a printout.
“Normally, the exam supervisor changes daily, and they do not know all students personally, but they check the hall ticket. In this case, another student in the same hall alerted the supervisor that a boy used to sit on the specific seat number,” said a college faculty member, The Times of India reported.
Suppose the syndicate of Veer Narmad South Gujarat University (VNSGU) decides to accept the recommendation made by the Fair Assessment and Consultative Team (FACT) committee of the university to cancel the woman’s BCom degree, the woman may lose her government job.
“The severest punishment for a dummy candidate is the cancellation of their own degree. If the maximum punishment is awarded, then the real student’s previous results can also be debarred from taking the exam for the next three years,” Snehal Joshi, convener of the FACT committee, told The Times of India.
The girl was caught during the TYBCom exam held in October 2022, and the FACT committee recommended punishment to the VNSGU syndicate after completing the inquiry recently.
“During questioning, we found that the woman and the man have been friends since school. The woman’s parents were unaware of her act,” said an official.
In August, police registered a case of cheating, forgery and criminal conspiracy after some dummy candidates reportedly appeared in the recruitment tests for police constables in 2021.
It came to light this year when the police, who were conducting interviews, found that a candidate appearing for the written test was different from the one who participated in the physical tests.
In February, the police also booked 16 people and arrested eight dummy candidates who had appeared to cover up some other candidates applying for the post of police constables.