Is the jammer used in exams a mistrust of students?

The AAP government has decided to install Jammer to prevent high-tech electronic devices from cheating during exams held for government agencies in Delhi, stopping cheating during the exams. The increasing use of electronic devices in written tests has worried the city government about the possibility of incompetent candidates to join the government. “After the Delhi Subordinate Services Selection Board (DSSSB) successfully used the signal jammer in an auditor’s exam a few months ago, it decided to use the device for its critical audits,” a government official told IANS.

The DSSSB was founded in 1996 and conducts written tests and interviews for middle and lower positions in the state government and in city authorities. A cell phone jammer is an instrument that prevents cell phones from receiving signals from base stations. When used, the jammer effectively disables cell phones. It transmits on the same radio frequencies as the mobile phone and interrupts communication between the phone and the base station of the mobile phone in the tower. “Nowadays, students use technology to pass exams, which is the other side of the technology. They remember Munna Bhai MBBS, don’t you,” added the official, referring to the Bollywood film in which the protagonist – a local crook – is shown a medical exam using a small earphone. “Applications have been invited by various service providers of telephone jammers,” said one official.

According to the tender, the agency must ensure that a sufficient number of jammers are provided and installed to block the mobile phone and blue tooth services in the exam center. Another requirement is that jammers with or without a power supply work without technical interference for the entire duration of the tests. Various gadgets are available on the market that can be adapted for salwar kameez sets, sports bras, jackets, shirts and normal buttons. In May, the Supreme Court instructed the center to install telephone jammers in testing centers to prevent paper leaks and other grievances. The policy was created after an alleged fraud in the All India Pre-Medical Test (AIPMT). Many aspirants had SIM cards sewn on their shirts and had Bluetooth devices. Over 350 calls were made to the various test centers.