Tuesday, May 7, 2013

NMAT Dummy Candidate Scam

In a sensational development, six people have been arrested for sending dummy candidates in place of 87 aspirants who appeared for NMAT, the aptitude test for admission to various MBA programmes of Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS). The institute discovered the scam when its admission office found a discrepancy in the photographs of the candidates in the hall tickets of the written test and those of the GD-PI. 
A Joint Team of Cyber Cell and Crime Branch of the Mumbai Police nabbed the accused, who mostly hail from Northern India. They reached out to NMAT aspirants via coaching classes and career guidance institutes, promising high scores in the written test, which virtually guaranteed admission to the desired programmes.
Each aspirant was charged with amounts as high as Rs 20 lac in return for the high scores.
The gang used to send the dummy candidate for taking the written exam by forging the photograph in hall ticket along with the relevant ID proof. The original aspirant needed to appear only for the GD – PI, this time with genuine documents. 
In another relevant news, 22 students of the institute who graduated this year, were also found to have used similar means to crack the exam in 2011. These students have secured placements in reputed companies, through the campus placement process. Although the police have not yet contacted those companies, the students are set to lose their jobs as their degree stands cancelled. 

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