Hiding the device in the sole of the shoe to cheat on the exam

IndiaRajasthan state police arrested 10 people hiding devices in the soles of sandals to contact the outside to find answers in the teacher recruitment exam.

The Rajasthan state government on September 25 held a recruitment exam for 1.6 million candidates. This is considered a fiercely competitive exam, and the police have allowed Internet access through the mobile service provider to be disconnected during the exam.

However, a group of students have come up with a plan to deal with devices hidden in the soles of flip-flops, which can receive regular calls and be transmitted via bluetooth to small earphones tucked in their ears.

Devices used to cheat exams were discovered in the soles of candidates' sandals during a recruitment exam in the Indian state of Rajasthan on September 25.  Photo: AFP.

Devices used to cheat exams were discovered in the soles of candidates’ sandals during a recruitment exam in the Indian state of Rajasthan on September 25. Photo: AFP.

Priti Chandra, Bikaner city police official, said that under the plan, outside accomplices would call the candidate and give the correct answer to the test.

However, this group was arrested for acting suspiciously outside the exam room the night before the exam. The device in their slippers was discovered.

“We knew there was a risk of cheating but thought it would be the test papers leaking or someone using the Internet. That’s why the Internet is limited in many cities,” Chandra said. “But this is a completely new way of doing things. They’re using sophisticated technologies.”

Investigations revealed that at least 25 students bought the flip-flops from a gang for 600,000 rupees ($8,100) each.

Information is shared with a number of other districts to promptly detect fraud. Many test sites have asked candidates to remove their shoes outside the exam room.

“There was a case where after the class was over, we had to take a student to the doctor to get the bluetooth device out of his ear,” added Chandra.

Cheating is very common in fiercely competitive exams held by the government, or in universities and schools in India. Authorities must deal with increasingly sophisticated methods of cheating, such as impersonating test takers, and gangs stealing or buying exams and selling them.

Huyen Le (Follow AFP)

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