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Army rejects exam to recruit soldiers after paper leak | India News

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PUNE: The Indian Army canceled its common entrance exam for the recruitment of soldiers (general service) on Sunday after a questionnaire was distributed on social media the day before.
In a joint operation Saturday night, the Military Intelligence (MI) unit and the criminal branch of the Pune police arrested two former military personnel and a civil defense cook for leaking a questionnaire. A few more arrests are expected as raids continue in three other districts, a police officer said.
“We checked and found that the question paper that was distributed on WhatsApp matched the original question paper,” Pune Police Commissioner Amitabh Gupta told TOI.
“About 1,000 applicants from Pune and contiguous districts had applied for the test but, upon receiving instructions, we had to cancel the exam. The Army Recruitment Directorate will announce a new date for the exam, ”said an Army official.
This is the second instance since 2017 in which an Indian Army recruitment exam had to be canceled. The modus operandi was also similar; Job applicants were contacted with the promise of 100% hiring against pay in the range of Rs 2 lakh and Rs 5 lakh. The suspect would collect the applicants’ original documents with the guarantee of returning them once they pass the exam and are selected, police said.
When contacted, the Director General of the Army (recruiting), Lieutenant General Pradeep C Nair, said: “We will investigate all aspects of the matter.” When asked if a court of inquiry has been ordered, he said: “The matter has only come to light today. We will make a decision on this soon. “Ganesh Salunke, 21, a Sangli aspirant, filed an FIR after being contacted by police following the arrest of former military men Ali Akhtar and Mahendra Sonawane and Azad Khan, a defense cook. civil.

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