CBSE denies NEET 2018 candidates' data leak: All you need to know
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has issued a clarification over the alleged data leak of candidates who appeared for the NEET examination this year.
Here's what CBSE said:
"It is alleged that the data of around two lakh candidates who had appeared in NEET-UG 2018 conducted by CBSE has been breached and is available for a price. While this appears to be the handiwork of certain unscrupulous persons with the objective of duping the gullible public, it is pertinent to set the records straight by CBSE."
- said CBSE
Further, the board said that this piece of news is categorically denied by CBSE on the basis of underlying facts.
Data maintained in encrypted format
The entire data of more than 13,26,725 candidates of NEET-UG was maintained only in encrypted format with strict security measures with National Informatics Centre (NIC).
So much so that, even in the printout of the confirmation page downloaded by the candidates, the vital details such as identification documents, mobile and email id are in the encrypted format, said CBSE in its clarification report.
Moreover, the National Informatics Centre (NIC) hosts several government data in a highly secured environment.
No personal details of NEET candidates
Even when CBSE obtains data from NIC for the purpose of allotment of Roll Numbers and results, it does not contain personal details such as mobile numbers, details of identification documents, email IDs, etc.
The results are declared by CBSE through NIC and do not contain a mobile number, email ID and other identification details of the candidates. If any communication is made by CBSE with candidates through SMS or email id, the same is sent with the registration number of the candidates.
CBSE on NEET UG Results 2018:
Similarly, after the declaration of the results, the data of all 13,26,725 NEET-UG 2018 candidates was given to Directorate General Health Service, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Govt of India for providing the same to the states and other counselling authorities for the purpose of counselling of 85 per cent seats under their jurisdiction.
"This data is also shared with the concerned states in a highly secured format and is password protected too," the board said.
"Therefore, there is no question of any breach of data or any misuse of data by CBSE. Rather, CBSE has a foolproof system of conducting such prestigious and high stake examinations such as NEET-UG, and ensures data protection in the interest of examinees and to uphold the sanctity of public examinations. CBSE has requested NIC to take appropriate cognizance of the issue," CBSE added.
Rahul Gandhi's letter to CBSE Chairman
Recently, Congress President Rahul Gandhi also wrote to CBSE over the reported data leak of candidates appearing for NEET. Rahul Gandhi had taken note of how NEET 2018 was embroiled in controversies.
"It's alleged that data of candidates who appeared for NEET this year, is available on certain websites for a price and has leaked data of over 2,00,000 students. I strongly urge you to order an inquiry."
- wrote Congress President Rahul Gandhi.
NEET UG Results:
The results of NEET 2018 were announced on June 4 by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on its official website, the link for which is cbseneet.nic.in
This year, Kalpana Kumari obtained the All India Rank 1 in NEET UG 2018 with 99.99 percentile. She got 171 out of 180 in physics, 160 out of 180 in Chemistry, 360 out of 360 in Biology (Biology and Zoology). Overall her score was 691 out of 720.
sources : India Today