CBSE Paper Leak 2018: Question Papers Sold For Rs 16,000 a Night Before Exam, Claim Students

New Delhi, Mar 2: The protesting class 10 and 12 students on Thursday alleged that the leaked question papers of Maths and Economics papers were being sold outside a Delhi school for Rs 8,000 to Rs 16,000. “Not just on social media, people were seen selling the question paper outside a school at Kailash Nagar (Gandhi Nagar) for Rs 8,000,” one of the students told IANS. The students also claimed that the question papers of other subjects were also leaked and were being distributed in exchange for money.

A student of KIIT World School in Pitampura claimed that the question papers of Biology and Chemistry were also leaked. “I got to know of people who were offering question papers for Rs 16,000 if you wanted it a night before and for Rs 3,000 if you wanted it on the morning of the examination day,” the student added. (Also Read: CBSE Re-examination Dates to be Announced on April 2, Says Prakash Javadekar)

The Delhi Police on Wednesday registered two separate complaints and set up a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to investigate the CBSE paper leak of class 10 Maths and class 12 Economics question papers. In the complaint, the board named one Delhi-based tutor for his alleged role in the CBSE paper leak. It also mentioned that the board had received a complaint by fax on March 23 which named a person from Rajinder Nagar behind the paper leak.

The Delhi Police on Thursday questioned Vicky for his alleged role in the CBSE paper leak. “Too early to say who the culprit is. As of now, Vicky is the main suspect in the CBSE exam paper leak,” News18 quoted a Delhi Police personnel as saying. The CBSE officials are also being questioned in the paper leak case. It has been alleged that a copy of the class 10 Maths question paper was delivered at the CBSE chief Anita Karwal’s residence a day before the exam.

Some first-year Delhi University and school students are also being questioned by the police. The DU students and the students who received the leaked question papers on WhatsApp are from the same school or studied at the same coaching centres. Over 30 people have been questioned by Police, most of whom either study or teach at coaching centres. Over a dozen mobile phones belonging to these people have also been seized (Also Read: CBSE Chief Anita Karwal Speaks Out, Says Re-examination Decision in Favour of Students)

A police official told DNA that the DU college students claimed they sent the leaked questions, they had received through WhatsApp, just to help their juniors. “Message trail is being tracked. Vicky was first questioned on Monday, but no evidence was found against him and he was let off then,” the official added. Sources claimed that a few students, who were said to be weak in studies, contacted an insider who had access to the question papers.

Role of the printing press, where the question papers were printed, is also being probed. “Students were asked to come to Outer Delhi areas in Rohini and Uttam Nagar. The prices ranged from Rs 10,000 to Rs 18,000 per paper. When the payment was made, the student was sent the paper via WhatsApp, 24 hours prior to the exam,” said the source.

“CBSE chief should be sacked. Why is my money, a taxpayer’s money, being spent on the re-examination? Is this the only way to make it just for all? There should be some other way. Let’s not make it easy for the politicians,” a furious mother of two girl students said at the protest.

It is said that question papers for Maths of Class 10 and Economics of Class 12 — examinations for which were conducted on Monday and Wednesday, respectively, this week — were in circulation for days before they came to be acknowledged as “leaks” by the board.

In wake of the board exam question paper leak reports, the board on Wednesday announced that it would be conducting a re-examination of class 10 Maths and class 12 Economics paper. “CBSE decided today to re-conduct the Mathematics paper of class X in view of the information received about the likelihood of the exam having been compromised. The board also took a view that looking to the circumstances that arose during the conduct of Economics paper of class XII, the Economics paper would also be reconducted,” the board announced.

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CBSE Re-examination Dates to be Announced Soon; Tutors, Delhi University Students Questioned Over Paper Leak: Top Developments

New Delhi, Mar 30: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is likely to announce the dates of the re-examination of class 10 Maths paper and class 12 Economics paper soon. The re-examination dates of the two leaked papers are most likely to be announced either on April or April 3. Meanwhile, the Delhi Police on Thursday questioned five tutors of a Delhi-based coaching centre and 18 Delhi University and school students in connection with the CBSE paper leak 2018.

The complaint named a coaching centre tutor Vicky who was detained and questioned on Thursday. “Too early to say who the culprit is. As of now, Vicky is the main suspect in the CBSE exam paper leak,” News18 quoted Delhi Police personnel as saying. The Delhi Police added the CBSE’s role can neither be confirmed nor denied in the case.

The board had earlier said that the re-examination would be conducted after all the tests get over. “Fresh dates for the reconduct of the two exams shall be announced before the end of the week after taking into consideration the dates of other professional exams and logistics,” the board had said. The class 10 board exams are getting over on April 4, while that of class 12 are getting over on April 12.

This means that the class 10 Maths exam could be conducted only after April 4 and the class 12 Economics exam could be scheduled after April 12. Students should note that the dates are only tentative. There is no confirmation on from the CBSE on the same though. The dates are likely to be declared soon. The students are requested to keep checking the official website of the board for the new dates. However, an official information is also likely to be made in this regard.


The Delhi Police has been questioning five tutors of a Delhi-based coaching centre and 18 students of Delhi University and Delhi schools in connection with the CBSE paper leak case.

CBSE chief Anita Karwal broke her silence saying that the decision of a paper leak has been taken in the favour of the students. “We are working for the children. We will also announce the dates very soon. Nobody needs to worry. We have taken a decision in favour of the children,” she said.

Union minister Prakash Javadekar held a press copnference and said that the culprits in the CBSE paper leak case would not be spared. He added that the re-examination dates would either be announced on April 2 or April 3.

“The exam leaks destroy the hopes and futures of millions of students. The Congress always protected our institutions. This is what happens when institutions are destroyed by the RSS/BJP. Believe me when I say, this is only the beginning,” Congress President Rahul gandhi tweeted.

The class 10 and 12 students on Thursday held a protest at Jantar Mantar against the board’s decision to reconduct the class 10 Maths and class 12 Economics paper due to question paper leak. They have demanded the re-examination of all the papers.

The leaked papers, according to the reports, were circulated on social media including WhatsApp and apps a day before the exam began. It is said that the CBSE chief had also received a copy of the leaked Maths paper a day before the exam.

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CBSE Paper Leak 2018 Sequence of Events: How Police Found Out About Class 10 Maths And Class 12 Economics Exam Question Paper Leak

New Delhi, Mar 29: Hundreds of students, who were done taking their CBSE examination, came out on the streets today to protest a day after the Central Board of Secondary Examination (CBSE) announced that it would re-conduct the Class 10 Mathematics exam and Class 12 Economics exam. While students protested at Jantar Mantar in Delhi demanding that either a re-examination be conducted for all subjects or none of them at all, CBSE chief Anita Karwal said that the decision to conduct re-examination was taken in the interest of the students. 

“We have taken the decision in favour of the students. We are working for their good. Dates for re-examination will be announced soon,” Karwal said on Thursday. However, questions are being raised as to whether this situation could have been averted. According to Zee News, CBSE had come to know of the paper leak days before the exam was to be conducted, but the board didn’t cancel the exams.

Here is a sequence of events from the day the board got the first clue of paper leak

  • On March 23, CBSE received a fax from an unknown number, stating that a coaching centre and two CBSE schools have leaked the paper.
  • On March 24, CBSE sent these faxes to the Delhi Regional Office. On the same day, the Regional Office gave a complaint to the Crime Branch about the paper having been leaked on WhatsApp. However, the police or the CBSE didn’t act on it on that very day.
  • On March 26, at the Rouse Avenue in the academic section, a packet containing answer to Economics paper and 4 mobile numbers was received, after which the Crime Branch called Vidya Coaching Centre owner Vicky for questioning. However, due to lack of evidence, he was released.
  • On March 27, even as it was clear that the Economics Paper of Class 12 had been leaked, the exam was not dropped. On the same day in the evening, the Crime Branch filed an FIR on the paper leak.
  • On the morning of March 28, the Class 10 Maths paper got leaked on social media. The CBSE gave a second complaint to the Delhi Police after 90 minutes of examination, after which another FIR was filed.
  • On March 29, Vicky was again called for questioning during which he claimed that he also got the question paper on WhatsApp and he also accused some people of framing him.

According to the Crime Branch, so far, about 25 people have been questioned on the Class 12 Economics paper leak. According to the crime branch, these include 11 school students who received the paper on WhatsApp, seven students of first-year college, five tutors and two private persons.

In the Class 10 Maths paper leak, the Crime Branch has identified 24 students who got the paper on WhatsApp. There is also a woman tutor in Delhi on the radar of the Crime Branch. She is also the administrator of the WhatsApp group, on which the paper was leaked.

According to the students, these papers were received through social media. Although the police has so far refused that any papers were sold in exchange of money, sources say that these papers were sold for Rs 10,000 to 15,000. According to sources, a gang approached the students and called them to areas like Rohini and Uttam Nagar to pay for the papers. According to sources, the gang sold the papers to students for RS 10,000 to Rs 15,000.

Meanwhile, the Crime Branch has also contacted the CBSE to know how the paper reaches the exam centres, where it is printed and what are the security norms. The Crime Branch is trying to put together the sequence of events to know how the paper was first leaked on WhatsApp.

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CBSE Paper Leak 2018: ‘Class 10 Maths, Class 12 Economics Paper Were Leaked by Delhi-based Tutor’

New Delhi, March 29: Following a complaint by Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), the Delhi Police registered two separate cases and set up a Special Investigation Team (SIT) in connection with the CBSE paper leak. In its complaint to the Delhi Police, the CBSE alleged that a Delhi-based tutor leaked the question paper of Maths of class 10 and Economics of class 12.

The CBSE said it received a complaint by fax on March 23 naming a person from Rajinder Nagar behind the paper leak. The complaint received by the CBSE also said two schools for their alleged involvement in the CBSE paper leak. Meanwhile, the Delhi Police is questioning at least 25 people, most of whom were students. Cops have managed to access the leaked handwritten question papers. A probe is underway to track the person who leaked the CBSE question papers on WhatsApp.

In order to arrest the culprits at the earliest, the Delhi Police has divided the SIT into two teams, each led by a Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP)-level officer. Also, four Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACPs) and five inspectors have been selected. CBSE officials may also be questioned and the location of the question papers will be checked too. The chief spokesperson of the department, Dependra Pathak said that the investigation was a broad one and doesn’t seem to be limited to Delhi alone.

Dates for the re-examination of the Class 10 mathematics and Class 12 economics papers would be posted on the CBSE website within a week, said the circular issued by the CBSE on Wednesday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi intervened in the matter and asked HRD minister Prakash Javadekar to take strict action against the perpetrators. The government is conducting an internal inquiry as well and assured the students that a new “fool-proof” system would be in place from Monday for CBSE board exams.

Parents and students in unison dubbed the CBSE “incompetent” and criticized it for “playing with the future of the students” by re-conducting the maths and economics exams for Class 10 and Class 12, respectively. “We all are very affected by the news. Why could the CBSE not keep the question paper safe? It speaks a lot about its incompetency,” Tishita Chopra, mother of a Class X student of Shiv Nadar School, told IANS.

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