Candidates vying for a place in the army have been made to strip to their underwears so as to stop them from cheating during the exam.
The candidates during the exam
India’s army made candidates at a recruitment day in Bihar take a written exam in their underwear to prevent them from cheating, reports said Tuesday, after a spate of exam cheating scandals in the eastern state.
An image in the Indian Express (seen above) showed dozens of men sitting cross-legged in a field clad only in underpants, with many resting their test papers on their thighs, while uniformed supervisors stood guard.
The paper quoted an army source as saying they took the radical step to “save time on frisking so many people”after more than 1,000 candidates turned up.
“We had no option but to comply with the instructions even though it felt odd,” one told the paper.
An army spokesperson in New Delhi refused to comment on the report, which came a year after police in Bihar said they had arrested around 1,000 aspiring officers for paying people to sit their exams for them.
Using methods ranging from old-fashioned crib sheets to high-tech spy cameras, cheating is common in India, mostly to secure good school grades and highly-sought government jobs.