On Tuesday, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) announced that it will use advanced data analytics to identify cases/centers where there is a high likelihood of using unfair means during examinations.

CBSE to use data analytics to prevent irregularities in exams

“CBSE will use advanced data analytics to detect, respond to, and, ultimately, prevent any irregularities in academic testing across all major CBSE administered exams in the country,” the board stated in a press release. According to the board, a pilot analysis was conducted in the January edition of the CTET exam in collaboration with Central Square Foundation (CSF) and Play power Labs in order to identify suspicious data patterns at the centre and individual test-taker level.

“On the basis of such analysis, CBSE intends to identify examination centres where data indicates the presence of malpractices during examination administration.” Following this, CBSE can take appropriate measures to strengthen the reliability of the examinations and deter future malpractices,” the board says.

“This will be used to improve the reliability of the National Achievement Survey (NAS), Central Teachers Eligibility Test (CTET), and CBSE Board examinations,” it adds. CBSE administers annual board exams in grades 10 and 12 to all schools that are affiliated with it. It also holds the CTET (teacher eligibility test) twice a year.