Recruitment Exam Cancelled, Probe ongoing after Paper Leak

Days after the Army recruitment exam paper leak, the Indian Army said on Thursday that the existing system of recruitment process will be made more foolproof and robust by incorporating the findings of the joint investigation by Army authorities and Maharashtra Police.

It has been known that the role of one more individual serving in the Army is now being probed in addition to the two serving personnel arrested earlier in the case.

A Pune police official said, “As part of our probe into few specific leads, we have identified a few more suspects and have sent our teams to apprehend them.”

“We are probing the role of one uniformed individual, who has been identified but is yet to be questioned by us. As the probe is progressing, we are getting further details about how the paper was leaked, how it was sent further, how the aspirants were tapped etc.”

In a joint operation by the Southern Command Liaison Unit of the Military Intelligence and the Crime Branch of Pune City Police, multiple raids were conducted last week leading to the recovery of the question paper of the Common Entrance Exam (CEE) for recruitment of Soldier (General Duty), prior to the exam, indicating a leak.

The exam was scheduled to take place on February 28. Once the probe confirmed the leak, the Army had cancelled the examination, which was slated to take place in 40 centres across India. At least 30,000 candidates were expected to take the exam.

“The Indian Army has zero tolerance towards corrupt practices in the recruitment process for selection of suitable candidates,” an official said.

The Army has cancelled an examination for pan-India recruitment of general duty personnel after paper was found to have been leaked, officials said on Sunday.




They further said at least three persons have been arrested in Pune so far.

“The Indian Army has zero tolerance towards corrupt practices in the recruitment process for selection of suitable candidates,” an official said.




Based on a proactive joint operation with local police at Pune, a case of possible leakage of question paper prepared for Common Entrance Examination for Recruitment of Soldiers (General Duty) was reported last night, the official added.

While further investigations are underway, it was decided to cancel the examination to ensure continuous transparency in the recruitment process.




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