The Centre plans to introduce a Bill to prevent unfair means in public examinations

Syllabus: GS-II

Subject: Polity

Topic: Bills/Acts/Rules. 

Context: The Union Cabinet approved the draft of the Public Examination (Prevention of Unfair Means) Bill, 2024. It is aimed at addressing paper leaks and organized cheating in public exams like UPSC, SSC, Railways, NEET, JEE, and CUET.

  • It is proposed by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT).
  • Protection for candidates defined in the Bill.
  • There is an absence of substantive national law to address exam malpractices, the Bill aims to rectify that.
    Institution in News(Prelims):Department of Personnel & Training:

    1.    Acts as a watchdog ensuring adherence to standards in recruitment, service conditions, postings, transfers, and deputations.

    2.    Provides guidelines to Ministries/Departments and advises on personnel management.

    3.    Functions as cadre controlling authority for IAS and three Secretariat Services.

    The two organizations through which the Department ensures recruitment of personnel for the Government

    ·         Union Public Service Commission (UPSC):

    ·         Staff Selection Commission (SSC):

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