Pay Rs 12 lakh and get proxy to crack BITS entrance test, say exam-fixing agents

HYDERABAD: Students spend hundreds of hours studying to crack entrance exams for prestigious institutes like BITS, among others. And we all know that it's no mean feat to get into premier institutes. It requires a lot of effort, determination and high score to get into a reputed school. However, a sting operation conducted by a reporter of Career360, revealed startling facts. The reporter found that one could secure admission into the famed Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS) Pilani, a premier private engineering college, by paying Rs 12 lakhs!

The Career360 reporter got in touch with agents claiming that she wants to secure a seat for her daughter in the college.

"All three ‘agents’ promise roughly the same thing – they’ll select the centre at the point of slot-booking, solve the BITSAT question paper for the candidate through some “backend” maneuvering, and secure for them a seat in one of the BITS campuses – Pilani, Hyderabad or Goa. Which campus and which programme may decide the final rate, they explained in separate conversations on phone and via WhatsApp calls which have been recorded," the career-focused portal explained.

While one agent wanted Rs 20 lakh on a post-dated cheque to help the reporter's daughter to crack the test, the portal claimed that the other agent sought Rs 18 lakhs. The third agent was ready to short-circuit the BITS entrance system for just Rs 12 lakhs, Career360 said.

Initially, the agents first offered to help her get admission in BITS under the management quota. However, the premier engineering institution does not offer admission under the management quota and over two lakh students write the entrance test to get a seat. After long conversation with agents over weeks, the reporter realised what agents meant by the management quota — they would hire a proxy to solve the question paper at examination centres, which allegedly have an arrangement with the exam-fixing agents.

Neither Careers360 nor this newspaper was able to independently verify the veracity of any claims made by these agents in this regard.

Reacting to the expose, BITS group lodged a police compliant against the exam-fixing agents. “We have lodged complaints with the police about this and are keeping a strict vigil on the entire examination process. I request everyone to be extra cautious to not trust such claims and report to the institute the mobile numbers from where such calls originate," said BITS group vice-chancellor, V Ramgopal Rao.

Admission into the BITS campuses is made through the BITS Aptitude Test (BITSAT). The BITSAT 2023 is held twice in 2023 — The first session was from May 21 to 26 and the second, from June 18 to 22.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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