As per the statement by the Board, “CBSE reiterates that all these 7-8 questions were originally written only about two to three months back and they cannot and could not have figured in any model paper by any coaching institutions two years back”. Invalidating all the media reports, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on Wednesday, i.e. 11th April 2018 said that all the questions in the JEE Main 2018 offline exam question paper were original, and were set two months ago of the exam day by the examiner. CBSE was claimed for copying similar-value questions from the mock tests set by the Narayana coaching institute in 2016. In this context on Wednesday, the board released a statement stating that all the questions were originally created by the examiners only two months before the exam date, and could not have figured in any model test two years back by any coaching institute.
According to a CBSE officer, the questions in the JEE Main question paper are picked out of the question bank prepared by over 100 experts of around 1500 original questions which are handwritten. In words of the officer “After that, 90 questions are drawn randomly from the bank and eight to nine sets are created. After this, the moderator even makes handwritten changes to each set. Then any one set is randomly picked for use in JEE and sent to the confidential printer”.
The board asked people to not pay any attention to “falsities”, and stated that “CBSE reiterates that all these 7-8 questions were originally written only about two to three months back and they cannot and could not have figured in any model paper by any coaching institutions two years back. There is an atmosphere of falsities and rumor mongering being deliberately perpetuated against a prestigious organization like CBSE.”
This controversy came as an embarrassment to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) after the leak of class 10th and class 12th board papers. There were also rumors that CBSE did the leaks o purpose. An HRD ministry official who did not wish to be identified stated that “There seems to be a conspiracy to create panic and we are trying our best to defeat that. The latest rumor on the JEE Main 2018 examination appears to be a case of rivalry between two coaching centers with one trying to tarnish the image of the other with the fake news”.