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CBSE Announces Biometric Authentication In Examination Halls

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With an intention to reduce malpractices, unfair means and impersonation, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has planned to introduce biometric authentication.

More than 17 lakh students appear for the CBSE examination. The biometric system would be implemented in more than 1,500 examination centres. The project will cost about Rs 5 crore.

According to a News 18 report, the Board conducts various examinations across the country both in offline/online modes i.e., pen and paper exam or CBT mode in various selected Cities across India.

Biometric Authentication services includes digital finger-print capturing, photo capturing, face matching with scanned photos of candidates for authentication of candidates.

As per the CBSE document, “CBSE is keen to implement biometric authentication and attendance marking system to make the examination process robust by implementing Digital Finger-print capturing and Face matching (including photo capturing) of candidates by verifying Candidate’s identity on a real-time basis to monitor various activities of candidates at the examination centres across the country,” the CBSE document adds.

Reportedly, centre-wise data including roll numbers, photos, name, exam date/shift etc.) of all registered candidates will be provided by the CBSE for fingerprint/photo capturing and face matching to enable strong mechanism for candidate verification during and subsequent stages of the process.

In addition to this, attendance will be monitored on real-time basis. The QR code comprising the roll number on the admit card of the candidate should be scanned or read to auto-fetch the candidate details from the application database provided by the CBSE. In case, the QR/barcode on the admit card is missing or not scannable, then manual entry of roll number with candidate information has to be made.