Cheating Pervades India’s Education System

Shashank Bengali, Los Angeles Times, April 16, 2014

The voice that answers the number posted on the online ad is polished, confident: No one will suspect anything, he says. The gadget has never failed.

A college senior, he sounds younger on the phone but assures the caller that he speaks from experience. He gives his name as Anil and quotes his price: about $40. Minutes later he texts, offering a 6% discount.

That’s the price to cheat on one of India’s all-important tests, a pressure-packed exercise that holds the key to the country’s most coveted colleges, universities and postgraduate programs.

Anil, a medical student in southern India who asked that his full name be withheld, was selling a tiny wireless earpiece, scarcely bigger than the head of a pin. The earpiece receives a signal from a cellphone via a transmitter. During exams, Anil conceals the transmitter under a loose-fitting shirt, texts pictures of the test questions to a friend at home and receives answers over the phone.

“There’s no way anyone can even make out you using the device,” says Anil, who found the earpieces in the United States and imports them in bulk, selling three or four a week on EBay to high school and college students. “I’ve never had any problems. You just need to have some confidence and a good friend who can help you out during the exams.”


In India’s increasingly meritocratic system, good scores in the nationwide tests for 10th- and 12th-graders–known as board exams–determine not only admission to the best schools but also to the most sought-after disciplines, such as engineering and medicine. Likewise, undergraduates compete for limited spaces in elite postgraduate programs. Parental pressure can be overwhelming, students say.


Education officials say they are tackling the problem, but for every comical-sounding contraption like the one Anil was selling, more extreme examples routinely surface in the Indian news media once exam season begins each February.

At a school in Allahabad, in northern India, members of an inspection team were attacked with “crude bombs” last month after catching two students cheating, according to news reports.

At a test center in northern India’s Bareilly district, state-appointed inspectors making a surprise visit last month found school staff members writing answers to a Hindi exam on the blackboard. When the inspectors arrived, the staff members tried to throw the evidence out the window.

Sometimes the stories are horrifying. A 10th-grader in Uttar Pradesh, India’s largest state, accused his principal last month of allowing students to cheat if they each paid about $100. The student’s impoverished family could barely manage half the bribe. Distraught, he doused himself with kerosene and set himself on fire in the family kitchen. He died the next day.


The problems have prompted education officials to take preventive measures that at first blush might seem worthy of a minimum-security prison. Some schools installed closed-circuit cameras to monitor testing rooms. Others posted armed police officers at entrances or employed jamming devices to block the use of cellphones to trade answers.


For rule-breakers, low-tech methods remain popular. Teachers say that hiding cheat sheets in socks, copying neighbors’ answers and scribbling notes on walls are the most common tactics. Test papers routinely are leaked as well, often by low-level school employees who sell them for the equivalent of a few dollars, and sometimes by teachers or administrators whose professional standing rises if students perform well.


Students and teachers said the anti-cheating measures instituted this year had mixed success. In Mumbai, officials said that installing closed-circuit cameras reduced cheating by 20%, but teachers said students in at least one school in the city’s Parel neighborhood disabled the cameras by pelting them with rocks.

In the eastern state of Bengal, where police stood guard outside test centers and students were checked at the entrance, the measures didn’t stop people from tossing cheat sheets wrapped around small stones through windows into the exam rooms, a local newspaper reported.


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  • E_Pluribus_Pluribus

    Heavy cheating is apparently the norm in Asian countries — with consequences that spill over to the Western universities eager to replace whites with high-scoring Asians. Excerpts below from “Tiger Parents Riot In China: ‘No Fairness If You Do Not Let Us Cheat’,” By Vdare’s Steve Sailer on June 21, 2013:

    From the Telegraph:

    “What should have been a hushed scene of 800 Chinese students [in a small Chinese town] diligently sitting their university entrance exams erupted into siege warfare after invigilators [independent test monitors] tried to stop them from cheating.”

    * * *

    “The invigilators wasted no time in using metal detectors to relieve students of their mobile phones and secret transmitters, some of them designed to look like pencil erasers.

    “A special team of female invigilators was on hand to intimately search female examinees, according to the Southern Weekend newspaper.

    “Outside the school, meanwhile, a squad of officials patrolled the area to catch people transmitting answers to the examinees. At least two groups were caught trying to communicate with students from a hotel opposite the school gates.”

    * * *

    “By late afternoon, the invigilators were trapped in a set of school offices, as groups of students pelted the windows with rocks. Outside, an angry mob of more than 2,000 people had gathered to vent its rage, smashing cars and chanting: ‘We want fairness. There is no fairness if you do not let us cheat.'”

    “According to the protesters, cheating is endemic in China, so being forced to sit the exams without help put their children at a disadvantage.”

    Sailer concludes:

    “These stories out of the East, such as the recent SAT administration being cancelled across South Korea due to rampant cheating, may add some insight into recent trends within the U.S.. In the four decades I’ve followed test scores by ethnicity, the biggest single change has been Asian-Americans pulling away in the 21st Century.”

    • So much for Asian IQ.

      • Intrep1d

        Because White students don’t cheat at all? Wherever there’s testing, there’s also cheating. This is something common across all races. It’s also worth noting that achievement tests aren’t the same as IQ tests.

        • 1stworlder

          The difference is only top Asian students in Asia take the tests.

          • Intrep1d

            These are nationwide standardized tests. Everyone takes them. Poor students seeking admission to top colleges take the same exams. This isn’t PISA or some other international test that you’re probably thinking of.

        • Rosenmops

          I work at a college and I can tell you the students from China cheat far more than any other students. And they have no shame at all about it. They don’t see anything wrong with it.

          • Intrep1d

            1. Cheating is cheating, whether it’s a lot or a little. It’s sort of like saying you think the murderer who killed two people is “better” than the one who killed five. No one is right.

            2. I’m sure those other students cheating didn’t see anything wrong with it either.

        • Most cheating is ‘informed’ by the notion that one ‘minority’ or another has been ‘disadvantaged’ and hence is justified in the cheating.

        • mikefromwichita

          Those who cheat in school, cheat in the marketplace also.

      • Jotun Hunter

        where’s that idiot engelman with his test score raving?

  • I looked up the University of Texas at San Antonio website on Alexa. It’s one of the most popular websites in India! Why? The university adminstration accomdates these loathsome, lying creatures by hiring many, many Hindu facutly and bringing in tons of grad students from India to replace whites in engineering and science. The students, even the Mexxxicans, hate them with a passion, for their incompetence and probably their smell. Speaking English is not a strong point either.

    Sections of the entire north side of San Antonio, formerly white and Mexxxican, are now Little India. These stinking fools clog up the de Zavala Wal-Mart. They wear sandals and saris. And they say adios to India when they have their graduate degrees in hand, prefering to stay in the former USA, now Amurkistan.

    This example, which I know intimately, explains how universities are screwing us over. Never donate money to any university for any cause, unless it’s for a white student union.

    • IstvanIN

      They wear sandals and saris. NJ is infested with them. They have disgusting personal habits. They dress like they are still in Bombay.

      • Einsatzgrenadier

        Hindus and Sikhs generally smell bad. They’re allergic to taking baths (or showering) on a daily basis.

    • Rosenmops

      Hindus and Sikhs still aren’t as bad as Muslims.

      • Bad_Mr_Frosty

        I suppose, but it’s like comparing a hemorrhoid to a boil.

      • benvad

        God almighty is that true. At least these retards aren’t terrorists bent on making you worship a cow. At least that can be said for them.

        • benvad

          Mikefromwichita; That ain’t Hinduism’s bag baby, they have an inner built racial system dealing with their own

    • saxonsun

      The same horrible population has inundated Queens and Long Island.

      • evilsandmich

        Did they build a Saudi Money Mosque by your house too?

  • Truth Teller

    My sister lives in Seattle and has 2 part time jobs. One job is speech therapist, dialect and speech coach and pronunciation specialist. To teach proper pronunciation, the teacher needs to be a speech therapist to show the students how to use their tongues, lips and throats so speak properly.

    She just finished a job for Microsoft. Problem was, Microsoft hired asian and indians who could not pronounce english well enough to be understood in the workplace. All, and she checked all went to college in the United States. The colleges were 4th and 5th tier colleges in the south and west, western S Dakota state type colleges

    All these asians and indians went for BAs and MAs in American colleges. But they could not understand nor speak rudimentary english. The colleges of course gave them complete scholarships so as to increase their diversity and get out of state tuition

    Meanwhile, our own White American STEM grads are never hired lest the company incurr a visit from some gestapo agency such as EEOC, ACLU, ADL or SPLC.

    Ever heard of the Wescher IQ test for children? It is supposed to be sold only to certified psychologists. But asian shrinks buy them buy the dozens and resell them to asian parents who drill their kids so as to get them into private schools and gifted programs in public schools.

    Even the ultra liberal SAT people have cancelled entire testing years in India because of Indian cheating.

    • benvad

      Is this really true? Why in the hell would private enterprises be intimidated that way?

    • evilsandmich

      It was interesting that AT&T’s business managed internet service tech support moved back from India to (as they say it) somewhere in New Jersey (where they employ native English speakers) since the complaints were so thick (but they didn’t move it soon enough to save my business).

  • Rosenmops

    This is why Western countries should never accept professional degrees from places such as India. Would you want to have surgery from an Indian doctor who cheated his way through medical school? Some of them may be good doctors but how are we supposed to tell which ones cheated and which ones didn’t ?

  • Bad_Mr_Frosty

    Whites really do have a serious problem projecting our Whiteness onto non-Whites. They see the world totally different from us. We really need to come up with ways to help White people understand how different the other races are.

    • benvad

      I had to move to Japan to finally understand that. All the races are really different, from looks to attitudes and feelings even.

      In Japan people have a sense of guilt if the do something wrong, but it’s a losing face and bringing on shame to family it their unit. I was taught to feel catholic shame & guilt, but it was implied that I shamed my nation.

      I think that liberals come to realise the world only after their personally affected. Usually in a bad way only.

  • shmo123

    I’ve read the same thing about many H1B visa applicants. They merely learn enough buzz words to fool employers (and our government) and wait for the magic card. When you pay peanuts, you get monkeys.

  • This explains the spectacular ineptitude of the Indian “engineers” with whom I was once forced to work.

  • mikefromwichita

    Something to think about before using an Indian doctor/lawyer/engineer

  • Tarczan

    My whole career I worked with Indian engineers. American born engineers are better, but still we had to compete with them for jobs. Looking back on it, we got screwed.

    • The two I worked with in the mid-1990s were not merely incompetent; they were green with envy. At one point, they demanded that the framed patent certificates be removed from the office lobby walls because my name was on too many of the patents for their liking.

      • BonV.Vant

        You should have put up a fake patent of a bobble head indian doll

  • The root of the word Asafoetida is “foetid”, which provides an excellent clue as to the smell. A nickname for it is “devil’s dung”, which provides an equally good clue.