Amid the uproar over the leaking of Class X and Class XII question paper, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on Wednesday sparked controversy yet another time.
Trouble found CBSE after a report, accusing the board of copying question paper from a coaching centre's mock test has gone viral on social networking sites.
According to reports, 7 to 8 questions out of 90 in the Indian Institute of Technology-Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Mains 2018 were identical to the ones in a mock test, set by Narayana Academy in 2016.
The message on Wednesday evening surfaced on the internet and showed a few questions from physics’ SET C section identical to a mock test conducted by Hyderabad-headquartered coaching class of Narayan’s Coaching Academy. Students also claimed that the question number 64, 67, 77, 78, 81, 83, 86 and 87 were similar.
While the coaching centre, however, has denied the allegations, CBSE, which conducted the exam on April 8, has issued a statement after a detailed investigation into the matter.
As per the CBSE statement, the JEE question papers were prepared by seven different item experts only about two or three months back and did not exist in 2016.
"CBSE reiterates that all these 7-8 items/questions were originally written only about two to three months back and they cannot and could not have figured in any model paper by any coaching institutions two years back. There is an atmosphere of falsities and rumour mongering being deliberately perpetuated against a prestigious organisation like CBSE. CBSE appeals to all not to pay heed to such falsities," CBSE said in the statement.
While CBSE conducted the offline exam on April 8 across the country and in eight centres in abroad, the JEE Mains online mode will take place on April 15 and April 16.
Over 10.43 lakh candidates have appeared for the JEE Mains 2018 on Sunday. Out of these only about 2.2 lakh candidates would be short-listed for the JEE Advanced 2018 and will get an opportunity to compete for around 10,000 seats in the various Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) across the globe.