JEE-Main 2021: Fake Candidates Under AI Watch


New Delhi: The National Testing Agency (NTA) has identified 56 “potential imposters” appearing as candidates for the February cycle of JEE (Main) 2021 by employing AI algorithms on face comparison.

According to NTA sources, the images of these examinees match with some of the top candidates of the exams in 2019 and 2020 despite differences in other credentials.

In turn, the agency has alerted the test centres and images as well identification documents of these candidates are being collected during entry for the exams.

According to sources in the Education Ministry, the details of these candidates would be shared with the institutions so that they are not granted admission if impersonation is proved.

“This is the third year that NTA is conducting the computer-based JEE (Main). We have been hearing that some of previous years’ toppers would impersonate, score high and help secure a seat for someone else. Therefore, NTA decided to improve the system and alert institutions of such fraud. So it decided to monitor candidates,” a ministry official was quoted as saying by The Times of India.

Notably, the first of the four cycles of JEE (Main) 2021 commenced on February 23.

Cases of alleged impersonation have been found in JEE- and NEET (UG) earlier and as recent as October, 2020.

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