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UGC-NET Exam Cancelled Due to Security Breach; CBI Steps In

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The National Testing Agency (NTA) has annulled the UGC-NET exam held on June 18, following concerns over the exam’s integrity. The decision, announced on Wednesday, comes after the University Grants Commission (UGC) received alarming inputs suggesting potential breaches. Over 1.1 million candidates took the test at 1205 centers in 317 cities across India.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has been tasked with investigating the matter. The inputs were flagged by the National Cyber Crime Threat Analytics Unit of the Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre (I4C), under the Ministry of Home Affairs.

The Ministry of Education emphasized its commitment to maintaining exam transparency, announcing plans for a retest with details to follow. UGC-NET determines eligibility for Assistant Professor and Junior Research Fellowship positions in Indian higher education institutions.

This incident parallels recent controversies in the NEET-UG 2024 exam, where allegations of question paper leaks and unprecedented perfect scores have emerged, particularly from Bihar and Haryana. The NTA has addressed the issue of grace marks but continues to investigate reported irregularities in Patna, with actions pending a report from Bihar Police’s Economic Offences Unit. The government has pledged stringent measures against any wrongdoing to uphold exam integrity and protect student interests.

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