5 Dec 2014
State’s clarification fails to impress MCI officials
The state government’s clarifications on the alleged fudging of marks in the West Bengal Joint Entrance Exam (WBJEE) in MBBS course could not satisfy the Medical Council of India (MCI) officials in Delhi on Thursday.
MCI has decided to strictly verify the documents produced by two top officials, professor Bhaskar Gupta, chairman of the WBJEE board and Dr Susanta Banerjee, director of medical education (DME), before the council’s president, secretary and other senior members.
Following a complaint, MCI summoned Gupta and Banerjee to appear on Thursday, seeking clarifications on the allegations of increasing marks of several students in the WBJEE to ensure their admissions to different medical colleges in Bengal.
It also asked them to produce all four sets of questions papers of WBJEE, 2014 for all subjects, frozen answer keys, optical mark recognition (OMG) and response sheets of all the joint entrance exam pass candidates before the council’s chairman in charge of grievance cell.
“Our concerned committee looking into the issue will thoroughly check the papers because the allegations of fudging marks in the medical entrance is very serious,” Dr Jayshreeben Mehta, MCI president, told HT from Delhi.
“They have produced all documents what we wanted for earlier. We will strictly verify all these papers to probe the allegations. Right now we can’t say whether we are satisfied with their clarifications along with the papers,” Dr Ajay Kumar, member of the MCI executive committee, told HT over phone after the meeting.
“We have showed all documents and also clarified them everything. Our documents prove that we done nothing wrong. They are also satisfied with us,” Gupta said.
On December 27, Reena Nyar, MCI secretary, wrote to Banerjee and Gupta asking them to produce the documents The MCI swung into action on the basis of the allegations. It has also threatened to take stern action if the allegations of fudging marks in the WBJEE are proved true.
As per the allegations, the health department led by the chief minister along with WBJEE board had increased the marks of candidates who failed to secure the minimum eligibility marks in the examination and ensured their admissions in various medical colleges. This year the number of students qualified for admission to medical and dental colleges fell far short of 2,850 seats in 13 state-run medical colleges.
The joint entrance board uploaded the answer key for stipulated question papers of the exam and OMR and response sheets of all the examinees in the website this year
Online medical counselling flouted govt order
Sat, 6 Dec
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Various stages of online counseling for the admission of undergraduate medical and dental students in 2014 under the state quota seats were conducted allegedly flouting a government order.
In an order issued by the MERT branch of the Department of Health and Family Welfare, West Bengal dated 4 April 2013, West Bengal Medical Counseling Committee (WBMCC) was constituted. In the order the committee was asked to hold the online counseling of undergraduate medical and dental students.
WBMCC was also directed to hold counseling in collaboration with West Bengal University of Health Sciences(WBUHS) and National Informatics Centre(NIC). WBMCC was however, assigned to prepare terms and conditions of online counseling in the state quota seats, to hold meeting with the representatives of WBUHS and NIC and to form the guidelines of the “system requirement study” (SRS) for online counseling. It was also asked co-ordinate with the principals/directors of Medical teaching institutions and NIC for the counseling in the two streams of studies and also with the West Bengal Medical Counseling Technical Core Committee (WBMCTCC) which has four members.
WBMCTCC was also instructed to look after the information technology related issues of the counseling. But it has been seen that the Director of Medical Education who was not in the WBMCC committee had issued notifications for the admission of the students in MBBS and Dental courses in West Bengal. Some retired officials of the state government said that a person who is not a part of the committee cannot issue a notification in this regard.
Incidentally it may be mentioned that state health department and the West Bengal Joint Entrance Board have been accused of increasing marks of many medical students, some of whom have failed to secure minimum qualifying marks. The Medical Council of India (MCI) is carrying out an investigation into the matter on the instruction of the Union health ministry. The Statesman first reported about the fudging of marks in the medical entrance examination. When contacted the special secretary MERT and the chairman of WBMCC, Dr Parthajit Banerjee, however, refused to comment.
MCI meet on marks-faking on 16 Dec
The Ethics Committee of Medical Council of India (MCI) which has been scrutinizing and verifying the documents submitted to MCI by the state government officials in connection with the alleged fudging of marks in the medical entrance examination in West Bengal will hold a meeting on 16 December with all its findings and submit a report to the Grievance cell.
MCI will finally submit the report to the Union Health Ministry which had earlier directed the highest regulating body to carry out an investigation into the marks goof-up in the medical entrance examination. A complaint was lodged with the Union Health Ministry and the MCI alleging that the state government’s departments increased the marks of more than 600 candidates to ensure their seats in various medical colleges after they failed to secure minimum qualifying marks in the entrance examination. The Statesman first reported about the matter.
Incidentally it may be mentioned that after being summoned by the MCI, the Director of Medical Education (DME) in West Bengal went to its office in Delhi to produce the necessary documents sought from him by the MCI.
The Ethics committee is thoroughly investigating the OMR (Optical Mark Recognition) sheets of the candidates, their response sheets, four sets of question papers, frozen answer keys and other documents relating to the procedure of the selection of candidates. The MCI is not only probing the marks fudging issue of the candidates but also looking into all possible angles behind this alleged “admission scam” which might well jeopardize the future of many candidates.
If the allegation proves to be true, the MCI will cancel the admission of candidates failing to secure minimum qualifying marks as the admissions were made flouting MCI rules. In last year admission of around 90 post graduate students in the state were cancelled as the process flouted a key rule framed by the MCI.
An ex-official with much knowledge about medical admission process in West Bengal feel that there are some irregularities in the distribution marks as it is evident after the Grievance cell of MCI has sent the documents to the Ethics committee for verifications. “There could be more irregularities in the distribution of marks rather than what seems to be a mere case of fudging of marks of the failed candidates,” the ex-official alleged.
A member of the Ethics committee of MCI said: “A meeting will be held on 16 December to discuss the matter with the other committees after the completion of the scrutiny. A decision will also be taken about the next course of action.”
Bengal govt ‘fudges’ med entrance marks
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As many as 317 general category and 360 reserved category students in the state’s medical colleges failed to secure minimum qualifying marks in the entrance examination this year. But two state government departments are accused of increasing their marks to ensure that they were admitted.
The Medical Council of India, which has received a complaint detailing this jugglery with numbers, has confirmed that action will be taken. But the state government seems unconcerned about the marks fiasco which might well jeopardise the future of the students.
The West Bengal Health and Family Welfare Department and the West Bengal Joint Entrance Examination (WBJEE) Board are alleged to have increased the marks of candidates in the West Bengal Joint Entrance Examination.
The complaint lodged with the Medical Council of India (MCI), the highest regulating body, and the Union health minister alleges that there were disparities in the marks obtained by the candidates in JEE and the marks that were submitted to MCI by the
The report submitted to MCI by medical colleges shows that marks of those candidates who had obtained the qualifying marks and those who had not were both increased. It is alleged that all students admitted to the Bachelor of Dental Sciences (BDS) course had failed the entrance examination.
Till last year, all medical colleges had to submit a hard copy of results to MCI giving details of marks of the successful candidates. But this year MCI had asked the state health department and medical colleges to submit the marks online by 15 October, and to also submit a hard copy signed by principals of the colleges. Accordingly all the colleges sent their lists to MCI. And this is where the inflation of marks was detected.
Some examples are revealing.
The OMR (Optical Mark Recognition) and response sheet of a student at the Murshidabad Medical College show that he secured 129.33 of a total 243 marks. But the report sent to MCI by the college shows that he got 161 marks.
General Category students ranking between 2024 and 2092 are shown in the report submitted to MCI by colleges as all having got 151 marks. But OMR sheets of some of these candidates show that they actually got only 115 marks. The pass mark for general category students is 122 (50 per cent of the total 243 marks).
It was alleged that 317 general category students having ranks from 1450 to 1767 and now studying MBBS in different medical colleges had failed to obtain the qualifying 122 marks. As many as 360 candidates under reserved category who ranked between 230 (general ranking 3400) and 590 had scored below 98 in aggregate, that is less than 40 per cent of the total marks, a pre-requisite for admission.
On the basis of the rules framed by the Medical Council of India, WBJEE Board in its notification on 23 March 2014 had said that general category students wishing to study medical or dental courses had to secure at least 50 per cent marks while the candidates under reserved categories had to obtain minimum 40 per cent marks.
The Board announced results of the examination on 5 June and published a rank-list of 4,433 successful candidates for medicine.
After conducting the examination, WBJEE Board sends the detailed account of the marks of candidates to the West Bengal Medical Counselling Committee (WBMCC) formed by the state family welfare department. WBMCC then sends the marks of candidates to respective colleges. And finally the principal of the medical colleges submits a report to the MCI.
Dr Jayshreeben Mehta, President of the Medical Council of India said: “We have received the complaint. We are looking into the matter. Action will be taken.” MCI, it will be recalled, had cancelled admission of some 90 post-graduate students in the state in 2013, as the selection process flouted a key rule framed by it.
Dr Sajal Biswas, General Secretary of Service Doctors Forum, a voluntary organisation of doctors, demanded a high-level enquiry into the incident.
When asked about the matter on telephone, Minister of state for Health, Ms Chandrima Bhattacharya said: “I will not answer any of your queries as the assembly is in session now.”
The Principal Secretary (Health), Mr Malay Kumar De, when contacted, said he needed some time to look into the matter. But over the next two days, he refused to take any calls from The Statesman.
CMCH principal ‘post office’
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Four first year students in the MBBS course at Calcutta Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) under general category had obtained 93.66 marks out of 94 in Biological Science in the West Bengal Joint Entrance Examination which seems impossible, as the distribution of marks does not allow this.
The CMCH authorities sent a report to the Medical Council of India giving a detailed account of the marks that students had secured in the entrance examination. The report shows that only around .33 marks (1/3rd) were deducted in biological science.
Prof. Tapan Kumar Lahiri, principal of CMCH, said that the marks in question, which the college authorities had sent to the MCI, were received from the West Bengal Joint Entrance Exam (WBJEE) Board. “I am a post office and I simply sign the documents that had been sent to me and I do not have any time to check the marks obtained by individual candidates.”
Denying Prof Lahiri’s statement, Mr Bhaskar Gupta, WBJEE Board chairman, however, claimed that they have never submitted the account of marks directly to the colleges.
The account of candidates’ marks was sent to the state health department, Mr Gupta said.
The Statesman on Thursday reported that there were disparities in the marks obtained by the candidates in JEE and the marks that were submitted to MCI by the colleges. The West Bengal Health and Family Welfare department and the West Bengal Joint Entrance Examination (WBJEE) Board are alleged to have increased the marks of candidates in the report submitted to MCI that has already received a complaint on this.
The distribution of marks in the Biological Science prescribed by the WBJEE Board for this year entrance examination was in three categories. Category I had 60 questions carrying one mark each for which only one option is correct. One wrong answer leads to the deduction of 1/3 mark (.33) along with one mark of the question.
Therefore, 1.33 marks will be deducted if the answer is wrong. In category II, there are 15 questions carrying two marks each for which only one option is correct. For one wrong answer 2/3 mark (.66/.67) will be deducted along with two marks.
In the III category, there are five questions carrying two marks each, for which one or more than one option may be correct. Making correct options will contribute maximum two marks on pro rata basis. There will be no negative marking for these questions. However, any marking of wrong option will award zero mark against the respective question- irrespective of the number of correct options marked.
In any possible cases .66 mark can be deducted here in this category.
So if there is at least one mistake a candidate loses .66 mark. There are no possibilities of deducting .33 marks in any case. If a candidate does not make any mistake he/she will get 94 out of 94.
Medical fraternity in the city have criticised the incident. Dr S Mukherjee, a renowned medicine doctor said: “How can government departments be so irresponsible that so many irregularities have been found in the distribution of marks in the prestigious medical entrance examination.
Dr S Mulla, a post graduate student said: “Last year the MCI cancelled admission of around 90 students who inducted flouting a key rule framed by the MCI. The government should constitute a high level committee to probe into the incident.”
Med. Scam: MCI seeks papers
The Medical Council of India, which is investigating the alleged fudging of marks in the West Bengal medical entrance exam, has sought all documents relating to procedures for conducting the exam and the marks obtained by the candidates.
The move follows publication of reports in The Statesman on 20-21 November on how the marks of medical entrance candidates, submitted to the MCI by medical colleges, have been fudged. A complaint was also lodged with the MCI in this regard. It has been learnt from sources that the original OMR (Optical Mark Recognition) sheets of the candidates, their response sheets, four sets of question papers, frozen answer keys and other related documents have been sought. The grievance cell of the MCI will scrutinise the documents. The state health department has been asked to provide the necessary documents.
Dr Jayshreeben Mehta, the president of the MCI, said: “We have written a letter to the state government seeking all information related to the matter. Our grievance cell will examine the documents. Strong action will be taken if anybody is found guilty.” Dr Surjya Kanta Mishra, Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly, held a press conference outside the House yesterday and protested against the alleged fudging of marks, in which various state government departments were involved. Dr Mishra told The Statesman today that the Centre should investigate the matter properly and those who were involved in the incident of marks fudging must be punished.
Ever since the reports were published in The Statesman, the West Bengal Health and Family Welfare Department, the West Bengal Joint Entrance Examination Board and the principals of the medical colleges started blaming each other. The health department says it has nothing to do with the distribution of marks while the WBJEE board maintains that the marks obtained by the candidates were submitted to the Health Department. The principals of the medical colleges have been saying that they have only forwarded to the MCI the marks they have received.
A senior official of the MCI, on condition of anonymity, today said that admissions of those found to have failed to secure the minimum marks in the entrance examination will be cancelled.
The complaint that has been lodged with the MCI said 600 medical applicants who have been admitted to various medical colleges were found to have failed to secure the qualifying marks. The MCI can take steps against medical college authorities for furnishing false information. Last year the MCI had cancelled the admissions of 90 PG students for flouting a key rule.
Wbjee lacked transparency’
The West Bengal Joint Entrance Examination (WBJEE) Board did not maintain transparency in the procedure of selecting candidates for the medical courses this year and all the norms were not properly followed, alleged some former board officials.
A retired senior official of the board raised the question why the WBJEE board does not provide the information of all the successful candidates securing ranks in the entrance examination on the internet.
At present, a candidate securing rank can only see his ranks and marks he/she had secured, and the rank list of all the candidates cannot be accessed by an individual.
But in case of other entrance examinations conducted by the same board for Veterinary, Homeopathy and Ayurveda it makes information of all the candidates available on the internet. Here, an invidual can see the entire rank list.
It has been alleged that this year, 2/3 members of the board were not present during the meeting held before the publication of the result of the entrance examination. “How can the WBJEE board clear the candidates who have failed to secure the minimum eligibility of marks in the entrance examination,” a retired board official asked.
It has also been learnt that till a few years ago the WBJEE board did not submit the list of marks of the candidates to the state health department.
The question is also raised as why the board has sent the details of the rankers to the state health department only after it has become a statutory body recently.
The Times of India
MCI writes to state on marks goof
Nov 26, 2014
KOLKATA: The career of about 1,000 medical students is in jeopardy following the allegation that the government has increased marks of several students to ensure their admission to various medical colleges of the state.
The Medical Council of India has written to the state government and promised to take action if the discrepancy is proved.
A complaint lodged with the highest regulating body on November 17, 2014, states that the the West Bengal health and family welfare department and the West Bengal Joint Entrance Examination (WBJEE) Board have allegedly increased the marks of the candidates as the number of students qualified for admission to medical and dental colleges fell far short of the 2,850 seats.
“We have taken cognizance of the matter and have written a letter to the state government. We will take strong action if this is proved and if anybody is found guilty,” said Medical Council of India president Jayshreeben Mehta.
This year, the WBJEE board uploaded the answer key for stipulated question papers of WBJEE 2014 and also the optical mark recognition(OMR) and response sheets of all the examinees in the website. So, all the examinees had got the access to their own OMR and response sheets for the said examination and what marks he or she secured in the particular subject.
The reports submitted to MCI by colleges showed that some students secured 151 marks, while they actually got only 115. The pass mark for general category students is 122 (50 per cent of the total 243 marks), mentioned the complaint.
Citing example of students getting admitted to Calcutta Medical College, it has been said that five candidates have been given 93.66 in biology, which is absurd. The complainant alleged that as many 600 students in MMBS course and another 308 students admitted in dental course have failed and they have been given an additional number of 36 to facilitate their entry.
Director of medical education Sushanta Banerjee, however, strongly denied the allegation.
Speaking to TOI, Banerjee said, “People are unnecessarily making this an issue. If the MCI seeks a clarification, we will provide all the details. Everything was done online and there was no way we can fudge or increase the marks, ”
Chairman of WBJEE board Bhaskar Gupta denied receiving any letter from the MCI and said, “If the MCI seeks any information, we will definitely provide. There is nothing to hide”.
“We have received the numbers from the health department. There might be one or two typing errors, but that can be rectified. We have nothing else to do. If the MCI seeks the number details, we will send it again,” said principal of Calcutta Medical College Tapan Lahiri.
“The complaint has some details which is really striking and we want to know the actual facts and the state government will have to provide us the details,” said an MCI official.
Minister of state for health Chandrima Bhattacharya was not available for comment.
30 Nov. 2014
Med scam : MCI summons officials
KOLKATA, 29 NOV: The Medical Council of India (MCI), which is carrying out a probe into the alleged fudging of marks in the West Bengal Joint Entrance Examination (medical), has asked the Director of Medical Education (DME) and the chairman of the Joint Entrance Board to appear before the MCI’s Delhi office on 4 December with all documents.
A highly-placed source in the MCI said that if state government officials fail to turn up with the documents it would take up the issue seriously. The decision has been taken as the state government was allegedly not cooperating with the MCI in its investigation and not providing the documents.
The MCI had earlier written to the state government seeking the documents relating to the procedure of the examination, the method of distribution of marks and the original answer papers of all the candidates. But the state government was reluctant to provide the documents. Senior officials of both the state health department and the joint entrance board have been saying that they have not received any letter from the MCI.
The Statesman broke the news about the fudging of marks in the medical entrance examination on 20-21 November giving all the details on how the two state government departments allegedly increased the marks of the candidates who failed to secure the minimum eligibility marks in the examination and ensured their admission in various medical colleges.
Quoting a source in the MCI, The Statesman had earlier reported that the Central regulating authority will look into the database of the marks of the students that are available with the JEE board. OMR (optical mark recognition) sheets and response sheets of all the candidates will also be looked into. If the investigation proves that the numbers which were sent to the MCI by the medical colleges were fudged, strong action will be taken against those who are involved in the scam.
The state government’s decision to increase the marks of as many as 677 students under the general and reserve category who are studying medical after failing to secure the minimum eligibility marks might jeopardise the future of these candidates.
MEDICAL COUNCIL OF INDIA NEW DELHI
Minutes of the meeting of the Executive Committee held on 01st October, 2014 at 11.00 a.m. in the Council Office at Sector 8, Pocket 14, Dwarka, New Delhi.
17. Admission of I year MBBS students at Hamdard Institute of Medical Sciences & Research, Delhi for the Academic Year 2012-13.
Read: the matter with regard to admission of I year MBBS students at Hamdard
Institute of Medical Sciences & Research, Delhi for the Academic Year 2012-13.
The Executive Committee of the Council observed that Ms. Zaara Khan and Ms. Sama Rizvi have been admitted despite securing less than 50% marks in the Entrance test conducted by the Jamia Hamdard University.
In view of above, the Executive Committee of the Council decided to issue a discharge notice in respect of Ms. Zaara Khan and Ms. Sama Rizvi.
26. Non-receipt of the list of I year MBBS students for the academic year 2013-
14 from various medical colleges.
Read: the matter with regard to non-receipt of the list of 1st year MBBS students
for the academic year 2013-14 from various medical colleges.
The Executive Committee of the Council noted that the following medical
colleges have not submitted the required list in spite of repeated reminders: -
S.No. State Name of college
1. Andhra Pradesh Govt. Medical College, Nizamabad
2. Andhra Pradesh Siddhartha Medical College, Vijayawada
3. Bihar Shri Krishna Medical College, Muzzafarpur
4. Uttar Pradesh Rohilkhand Medical College & Hospital, Bareilly
5. West Bengal North Bengal Medical College, Darjeeling
The Committee further noted that the Council has received a letter dated
07.07.2014 from the Dean/Principal, Rohilkhand Medical College & Hospital, Bareilly
stating that the matter regarding admission of students against increase of seats from
100 to 150 for academic year 2013-14 is subjudice in the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India vide curative petition D. No. 18148 of 2014. The Office of the Council vide its letter dated 06.08.2014 once again requested to the college authorities of Rohilkhand Medical College & Hospital, Bareilly to furnish the desired information on prescribed format within 07 days from the date of dispatch of this letter/or produce a stay order granted by the Hon’ble Supreme Court in their favour but the reply is still awaited.
In view of the above observations, the Executive Committee of the Council
deliberated upon the matter at length and decided that the Deans of the Medical
Colleges be called in-person with the appropriate lists within 2 weeks failing which appropriate necessary action will be taken.
Bihar brings down MBBS cut off for SC ST reserved seats September 29, 2014
Patna: The state government in Bihar on Saturday decided that the qualifying marks for SC/ST medical aspirants in government medical colleges across the state should be reduced to 32 per cent, and thus reducing the medical cut off for SC ST reserved seats further.
According to sources, the government was virtually forced to embark on this drastic step because as many as 42 SC and six ST seats were going to remain vacant had the qualifying marks not been reduced. Students from these communities with special status had earlier launched an agitation against the government, following which the matter reached the Patna High Court. The HC, after examining the matter, set September 30 as the deadline to fill all the 152 seats that remained vacant under both the General and reserved categories. During a meeting convened by Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi with the administration of all the nine government medical colleges in the state, it was decided that irrespective of their marks, no student from the reserved quota will be allowed to apply for a seat under the General quota. Another round of meeting on the matter was conducted a day later on Sunday. However, as of Saturday, the government was yet to pass a written order to Bihar Combined Entrance Competitive Examination Board (BCECEB) that conducts the counseling. According to reports, the CM was not happy at all over the fact that a large number of reserved category students had to RESORT to protests to convey their grievances on the matter. The meeting was also attended by Bihar’s principal secretary in the department of health. Another decision was made to alter the dates of counseling. Now, the counseling session commences on Monday and will continue on Tuesday. “The state government makes a lot of effort to get the number of MBBS seats increased, but many seats were left vacant last year. This year, the principals and the government should work in tandem so that none of the seat remains vacant,” said Bettiah Medical College and Hospital principal Dr Rajiv Ranjan Prasad, as reported by the Times of India.
Proxy WBJEE Medical candidate held in Tripura
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This case could require considerable cooperation among police forces of three states in three corners of thecountry. A youth from Ajmer in Rajasthan was arrested in Agartala on Saturday for appearing in the West Bengal Joint Entrance Examination as a ‘proxy candidate’ for a student from Baruipur in Bengal.
The arrested youth has been identified as Rahul Sharma from a village in Ajmer. He was carrying the admit card of one Syed Faruque Ahamed from Baruipur New Town in Bengal’s South 24 Parganas district.
Invigilators at Agartala Women’s College found a mismatch between Rahul’s appearance and the photograph on the admit card. Suspecting foul play, he was handed over to police. Initial investigation revealed he was associated with a coaching centre and had been hired by Faruque to write the exam.
WBJEE council has been conducting the entrance test for medical and engineering aspirants in Tripura for the last few years. Those living outside Tripura can also take their exam from the state.
“Altogether 374 students had enrolled to write the biology paper for admission to medical and pharmacy courses in different colleges of Bengal. Faruque was one of them,” said centre in-charge, Gita Debnath
MP HC notices to state exam board, MCI over PMT ‘scam’
Tuesday, July 23, 2013,
Indore: The Madhya Pradesh High Court on Tuesday issued notices to the state government, the Medical Council of India and the MP Professional Examination Board (MPPEB) on a plea seeking re-conduct of the Pre-Medical Test due to “scam” and cancellation of current results.
The notices were issued by the division bench of Justices P K Jaiswal and Subhda Waghmare on a petition filed by five students who appeared in the PMT this year.
The bench also said that its final order will be binding on the ongoing admission process in the medical colleges on the basis of PMT merit, said petitioners’ counsel Pushya Mitra Bhargava.
The petitioners urged the court to cancel the results of the PMT examination as the scam has marred the chances of potential candidates getting admission in medical colleges.
They also urged the court to order fresh examination to give fair chance to all the candidates.
The alleged scam involved dummy candidates appearing for the examination. Police arrested 20 persons, mostly from Uttar Pradesh, including the kingpin of the racket Dr Jagdish Singh Sagar.
Three MPPEB officials were also apprehended for their alleged connivance in the scam.